Monthly Archives: May 2015

IFA Briefing on Beef Data and Genomics Scheme

Listening to the concerns of the farming community at today’s meeting with the IFA president (pictured) on the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme.

IFA president

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Amnesty International to Brief Foreign Affairs Committee on Ibrahim Halawa’s Case

At my request, the Foreign Affairs Committee has invited Amnesty International to a meeting to discuss the detention of Irish-born Ibrahim Halawa. Today we received a response from the Taoiseach’s office acknowledging Ibrahim’s case.

FA Ibrahim

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United States Celebrates Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. 257 Irish-born soldiers of the US army have received congressional Medal of Honours, more than any other nation. Myself and Congressman Mick Mulvaney discussed the dedication of the 1916 Gardens of Remembrance throughout the United States acknowledging the lines in the Proclamation, “Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom … supported by her exiled children in America … she strikes in full confidence of victory.”

Mark and Mick Mulvaney

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The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly On

Priest indo article
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Meeting with Victims Group on Injustices in Northern Ireland

At a meeting on 13th May with the Cross Party Group on Victims of Conflict, we discussed reports of Barrister Amal Clooney to take part in the case of the ‘hooded men’ and their grievances related to their alleged claim that they were held without trial and were tortured, following the 1971 introduction of internment in Northern Ireland. They claim that then British Prime Minister Ted Heath was aware of and condoned the use of torture on detainees.
We also discussed the evidence found in the 1972 foreign ministry memo that indicates Heath was also aware of the murders of Catholics by British soldiers. The note by Heath mentioned in the memo indicates in paragraph 7 that “[t]here is no question of an extension of the powers available to, or the rules of engagement which apply to any soldiers.”

PM Heath Memo Heath Note 1

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