Senate Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas proposed ‘Gathering’ in Leinster House of Politician’s of Irish Heritage
Fianna Fáil Senate Spokesperson on the Irish Overseas, Senator Mark Daly, has put forward a proposals in advance of the Gathering 2013 where by politician’s of Irish heritage would be invited back to Ireland to be part of the Gathering and to speak in the Senate chamber.
Senators from each of the parties and Groups in Leinster House have signed a proposal to the Cathaoirleach and the Ceann Comhairle. Those behind the proposal include Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, Independent, Senator Catherine Noone, Fine Gael, Lorraine Higgins, Labour Party, Senator Kathryn Reilly, Sinn Fein, and Senator John Crown, Fianna Fail.
Senator Daly commented: “We are fully behind all efforts in the Seanad to promote the Gathering 2013.
“The Senate should play its role in the Gathering and we are proposing the following. The Seanad would invite current and former Members of parliaments throughout the world with representatives of Irish Heritage to come to Ireland and be part of the Gathering in 2013. Those invited would include the Parliaments of Westminster, Scotland, Wales, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. They would address topics and issues of mutual concern and interest.
“Ireland has many ties with communities throughout the world and the Gathering is the perfect opportunity to solidify these ties and work on such matters of concern and increasing importance.
“The Senate Gathering should be centred on job creation through foreign direct investment in Ireland and Irish companies investing overseas. There should also be a focus on tourism and exploring work visa issues in Ireland and in the countries that would be represented.
Meetings with the head of Tourism Ireland, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and other state agencies would form part of the work programme of the Gathering in the Senate. Non Politicians could also be asked to attend the Senate Gathering and make an address to it.
On Wednesday the CEO of the Gathering gave a briefing in Leinster House to members of the Senate and Dail.