Social and Educational Factors of Obesity

[Speaking in the Seanad during Statements on Tackling Obesity in Ireland] I welcome the Minister and I am sorry I was not in the House for his opening address. I welcome the priority he and the Government will give to this problem. Many of his medical school classmates, younger women and men than me, will … Continue reading

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

Seanad comments today 20th of December

Science Week

[Speaking in the Seanad on ‘Science Week’] I am delighted we have the opportunity to discuss science policy. It is not widely appreciated that the brief of the Minister of State is the most important in the Government. It is unlikely that the future of our species will be determined by real estate prices or … Continue reading

EU Regulations regarding clinical trials

Speaking during the Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn I am involved in clinical research and I am troubled by the track record and future plans of the European Commission in this field. In 2001, the European clinical trials directive was put in place that was widely seen by those in the field … Continue reading

EU-proposed changes to clinical trials approval and data protection which could adversely effect cancer research; drug pricing strategy of pharmaceuticals; campaign to end tobacco trade

Speaking during the Address to Seanad Éireann by Nessa Childers, MEP I welcome Ms Childers, who has been a wonderful ambassador for our country in the European Parliament. I speak as a committed European and, in many ways, as an anti-nationalist with a small “n”. I have this theory that, in 50 or 100 years … Continue reading

Philantrophy and the charitable and not-for-profit sectors


It is appropriate that attention be brought to bear on this sector. I also welcome the fact that the Government will pay some attention to the not-for-profit and charitable sectors, which are somewhat distinct. I speak with a little authority on this issue and wish to give the House an opportunity to understand how a … Continue reading

Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill


I must declare an interest at the outset. While I derive no income or funds from SFI, I am the leader of a consortium funded by SFI, which will be in receipt of approximately €7.5 million worth of research funds over a five-year period. This has enabled us to build a unique nationwide consortium of … Continue reading

Health issues to bring to the fore during Ireland’s EU Presidency

Speaking on … Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union – I will mention some technical issues that I hope we will have the chance to address and perhaps direct some oversight on during the Irish Presidency. There is a data protection directive coming from Europe and I will attend discussions in Brussels … Continue reading