Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

Speaking in the Seanad during Report and Final Stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 … I appeal to the acting Leader to voluntarily make changes to the Order of Business. Important amendments will not be discussed and I greatly regret that. I do not mean to be disrespectful to those who … Continue reading

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

Speaking on Committee Stage of this Bill …. I am very disappointed to hear that we will finish at 10 p.m. and that all of the amendments will not be heard. That is very regrettable. I shall try to speak to the amendment at hand. Again, we have heard a great deal about evidence-based medicine … Continue reading

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

Oncology was the area of medicine which in many ways was one of the pioneering disciplines for evidence-based medicine. It was a relatively new field and only came to existence in a meaningful way in the 1960s and 1970s in an era when doctors engaged in other specialties had certain proprietorial rights over the treatment … Continue reading

Hospital services and the need for reform

Speaking during Seanad debate on Hospital Services I will take a moment to compliment the Minister on the good work he is doing on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. It has not been an easy passage but the Minister has addressed it while others have neglected it. When the story of these times … Continue reading

Boycott of An Taoiseach by Boston Cathlolic Hierarchy

We will, in the coming weeks, be celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. Also coming up soon is the 53rd anniversary of the speech President Kennedy made to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association when he was running for the presidency of the United States. He made his speech in September 1960, … Continue reading

A thoroughly Irish coup

via: The Guardian

Not for the first time, an attempt is being made to overthrow and discard our constitutional system of republican government. A cabal of insurrectionists, sympathetic to the agents of a foreign state are, as you read this, plotting and executing a coup d’etat. This is not your standard tanks-on-the-Leinster House lawn-type of coup, but a … Continue reading

Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution

I have an unusual request for the Leader. I would like him to ask the Taoiseach if the Government would consider the wisdom of introducing an oath of allegiance to the Constitution for all Members of the Oireachtas. We must be one of the few parliaments in the world that does not have such an … Continue reading

Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill

Legislation to provide for mandatory professional indemnity cover for certain medical practitioners. Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. I am very supportive of this legislation which has a sort of resonance with some of the issues that have arisen in the context of the abortion debate. We believe the contingency for which we are legislating is … Continue reading

I’ll urge new law be watertight on suicide concerns

Legislation

I had some initial misgivings about the structure of the Oireachtas Joint Health Committee session last week. We were charged with the task of hearing testimony and preparing a report for the Health Minister regarding legislation for abortion in Ireland. The three-day hearings would hear from medical professionals on the first day, legal/constitutional experts on … Continue reading

I’ll urge new law be watertight on suicide concerns

Day three of the Oireachtas hearings was about persuasion not information. I had some initial misgivings about the structure of the Oireachtas Joint Health Committee session last week. We were charged with the task of hearing testimony and preparing a report for the Health Minister regarding legislation for abortion in Ireland. The three-day hearings would … Continue reading