Order of Business 19 November 2015 Senator Mark Daly highlights the pros of the Unification of Ireland in light of the topical ISIS Paris terrorist attacks.
“The Leader two weeks ago quite generously said he would facilitate a debate on a united Ireland. A study was launched yesterday in the Harvard Club in Manhattan, Modelling Irish Unification, done by a leading academic from the University of British Columbia who is the director of the Institute for European studies. It examined three different scenarios regarding unification, as well as regulation, tax harmonisation, the benefits in terms of cost reductions in transportation, currency issues and how the economy in the North would receive a 4% to 7.5% boost in its GDP if unification took place.
The study also showed that over an eight-year period there would be a €36.5 billion increase in productivity in the North and on the island. A “Prime Time” survey showed that 80% of people in the South are in favour of unification in their lifetime, that is, over the next two decades. I thank the Leader for organising and facilitating the debate on this. Our job is to argue for and against the proposition. I am favour of it and all political parties on both sides of the House state their aim is to achieve peaceful unification, as per Articles 2 and 3 of the Constitution and the Good Friday Agreement.
We need to examine studies such as that launched yesterday in America and determine how we can work towards the aims of Articles 2 and 3 and the Good Friday Agreement. It will not just happen; we have to make it happen. We have to do so in a constructive way and engage with all parties to ensure that what is being done will be done correctly. I, Congressman Brendan Boyle and his brother, who is a State Representative for Pennsylvania, will hold a number of events throughout the US to help with this issue. We need a discussion and debate on it because, as “Prime Time” showed, the people in the South are in favour of unification.”
October 2016 – Cross party support for Senator Daly’s Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill 2016
Senators have given their support to a bill which would see Irish Sign Language recognised in law as an official language.
Bill entitled an Act to provide for the recognition of Irish Sign Language and for that purpose to set down principles to guide the operations of public bodies; to require public bodies to prepare and implement action plans on Irish Sign Language. The legislation would mean that Irish Sign Language could be used in court proceedings and every public body would be required to provide services through sign language. The State would also have to provide interpreters for deaf students. Broadcasters would be required to subtitle television programmes.
Next the Bill will be amended to take into consideration others’ suggestions that will improve it further, it will then be debated further, then it will move to the Dáil. It will hopefully progress as fast as possible seeing as it has received support from all sides.
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Senator Daly is a Nominee of the Deaf Society of Ireland to Seanad Eireann. He works tirelessly to have their issues addressed. The recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) is a very important issue. It will ensure equal rights for the deaf community and give them easier access to services. Under the Good Friday Agreement, ISL was to be officially recognised by both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Click here to view Bill: Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 [Seanad] [PMB] as initiated (in PDF format)
On Wednesday 9 December I put forward a motion at a meeting of the Committee of Foreign Affairs to issue an invite to the legal representatives of Ibrahim Halawa to give an update to the committee.
Next week Ibrahim, an Irish Citizen held in an Egyptian Prison for over 2 years will again face trial. As the legal opinion from Ibrahim’s legal team shows they believe that Egyptian Law 140 can be applied to Ibrahim’s case as it was in the case of Australian Journalist Peter Greste, who was freed following the intervention of the Australian Government, however the Department of Foreign Affairs are maintaining this law cannot be used in the case of Ibrahim Halawa.
With this confusion, I hoped to bring in his legal representatives to clear up what the Irish government can do to free this young man.
The motion went to vote and was voted against at 4 -Yes/7-No. Why does the government not want this issue to be discussed in the public eye?
Speaking in the Seanad 11 December with regard to the Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015 Senator Mark Daly highlighted that Smart-tagging in Florida has reduced re-offending by 95% in those who have committed drug/burglary crimes.
The use of smart-tagging is already in our legislation and if commenced could save Irish tax-payer’s money by reducing prison intake.
The holy alliance of the Pope and the Pentagon says that climate change is one of the most important issues facing the world. The Pentagon also says climate change is on a par with the threat of terrorism.
We witnessed the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in November. Between 1970 and 2010 half the mammals, birds and reptiles on the planet have disappeared. That is serious. It is very difficult to highlight to the public the enormity of this issue. It is bigger than the threat of nuclear warfare. While humanity had to prevent the latter from happening, it must also prevent what is happening in terms of climate change.
Life expectancy in China has dropped by five years because of air pollution. According to an article in today’s Irish Independent, if this is not checked, an extra 25,000 will die because of climate change. Some articles about the Paris conference made the point that it will decide who lives and who dies. It is not a question of being optimistic or pessimistic but determined. The National Geographic Society has joined the Pope and the Pentagon in saying this is what needs to be done.
On the RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Debate: “Climate change is on par with the threat of terrorism.”
There are things Ireland can do, particularly in respect of farming. In a presentation to this committee, Mr. Eamonn Ryan said 80% of fossil fuels that we know of today must stay in the ground. Given that people make billions of dollars out of the oil industry, it will take a serious effort to keep that in the ground. That analysis must be done. This committee should reflect and in January learn what happened in Paris. Copenhagen was not good enough and we have to ensure this is top of this committee’s agenda because it affects us all.
The Committee of Foreign Affairs meeting 18/11/15: “It is not a question of being optimistic or pessimistic but determined. The National Geographic Society has joined the Pope and the Pentagon in saying this is what needs to be done.”
Agriculture creates a huge emissions problem for Ireland but we are not turning it into something positive. In other countries the emissions are used to generate electricity and energy. That is where we should put our money, instead of wasting it on carbon credits and wind farms – a matter on which we could have another debate – and make the emissions an income generator.