Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014] I thank the Minister for his contributions to the education portfolio. I would like to state that one of the joys of my brief career here to date has been the opportunity to interact with the Minister. He has done, and … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors

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I would like to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify what follow-up has been done on the issue of the Bahraini doctors. On 2 October it was reported that the sentences of several of these doctors were less than they had been threatened with at the time of their … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors

Last night the US State Department expressed its concern to the Government of Bahrain regarding the fact that the appeal of the Bahraini medical staff had been rejected and that these individuals, some of whom have been given very lengthy sentences, had been reincarcerated. As Members will be aware – I am grateful to them … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors

Is there ongoing monitoring by officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the situation of Bahraini medics, who now face their second trial having gone through a military trial, despite the Bahraini prosecutorial authorities having stated some time ago that the charges would likely be dropped? To refresh the memories of my … Continue reading

Human rights issues: Bahraini doctors; Pastor Nadarkhani; Teresa Treacy

Three more contemporary issues need to be discussed this morning. One of these is something we have dealt with before. I am asking my colleagues in the Seanad, the Leader and the leaders of the other parties if they would consider a further all-party motion in support of the Bahraini doctors who, since we last … Continue reading

Bahraini Doctors

It is a sad day today as 47 doctors and nurses remain under detention in Bahrain. Many of these were trained in Ireland, delivered our babies, healed our sick and patched up our wounds. They have been placed under detention for committing no crime greater than treating wounded protestors in their country. Will the Leader … Continue reading