Independent TD for Wexford

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Correcting the Record: Survivors of Symphysiotomy & the Murphy Report

On July 17th I spoke in the Dáil during Statements on the Commission of Investigation into Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes. During my speech, I questioned the government’s decision to appoint Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair the Commission of Investigation, given that she was responsible for drafting the symphysiotomy redress proposals which have been entirely rejected by survivors. I quoted Marie O’Connor, chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy, who told the UN Human Rights Committee, “The scheme is based on the official lie that these operations were medically acceptable. It forces women to waive their legal and constitutional rights before they [...]

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Dail Diary: Residents of the Mother & Baby Homes Deserve Truth & Accountability…

Dail Diary No. 35 – 21st July 2014 Residents of the Mother & Baby Homes Deserve Truth & Accountability… I got an opportunity last week to comment on the government’s plans to establish a Commission of Investigation into Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes. I used my time to argue that this investigation should be as wide-ranging as possible – in particular, I said that the Magdalene Laundries should be included within the scope of the inquiry. I also asked the government how it planned to include survivors in this process, highlighting the fact that survivor testimony was omitted from previous [...]

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Dáil Diary no 34- 17th July 2014- Massacre in Gaza and the World is silent…

Dáil Diary no 34- 17th July 2014 Massacre in Gaza and the World is silent… For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories on the planet. Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children, while Palestinian fire has killed one Israeli on the other side. But instead of demanding a halt to Israel’s campaign of collective punishment against what is still [...]

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We must stop Shannon being used as a US Airbase for War…

Dáil Diary no 33- 11 July 2014 We must stop Shannon being used as a US Airbase for War… A lot of people die needlessly every day in the world. A lot of people die because some of the major powers do as they please, in the interest of power and money. Hundreds of thousands have died in the Middle East and beyond at the hands of the American war machine, as they pursue their Imperial ambitions, and sadly, Ireland has facilitated that by allowing Shannon Airport to be used by the US for Military purposes. This week, I got [...]

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