Active Citizenship means to play an active role in the society in which we live. It is about how we treat others whilst being accepting of differences and remaining conscious of the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion. It is about acknowledging that while we, as citizens, have rights but responsibilities also. By actively participating as citizens, together we can create the society we want – at home in the family, by volunteering in our community and by voting in elections and referendums.
Active Citizenship requires leadership. Therefore, it is important we choose our representatives carefully and those which we trust. Elected representatives must carry out their role in an accountable and open manner. By taking responsibility together for our society is the best way to make Ireland the ideal place where we want to live.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Claire Loftus, has stated that her office has noted an increase of 87% in the number of files submitted relating to domestic abuse or a breach of order so far this year. In 2019, the total number of such files received by the DPP’s office was 464. This has risen to 684 by the end of October this year.
Such figures indicate an increasingly worrying trend being experienced across Europe, and much of the world, that lockdowns and movement restrictions related to Covid-19 are inadvertently giving rise to cases of domestic violence and abuse.
While the €160,000 of funding provided by the Department of Justice has helped voluntary and community groups, and enabled them transition to providing online services, it is clear that much more needs to be done to combat this problem and assist victims.
These are challenging times for us all, however it is important to recognise that for many people the home is no longer a safe place. I would implore everyone to be mindful of those in our family, friendship and community circles who may be suffering. Victims are not alone, support systems are in place to provide assistance where needed and our work on this issue will continue.
In the interest of public safety & health my Saturday advice clinics and the option of home visits are no longer available in face to face meetings. Regardless my work on your behalf continues. If I can be of assistance please contact me via the avenues below.
I would like to send my sincere congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their recent victory in the US general election.
As invitations are sent to President-elect Biden from all over Ireland, the Ceann Comhairle & I have written to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD, to ask consideration be given to inviting the President-elect to Ireland & to address a Joint Sitting of the Dáil & Seanad as soon as possible.
In these uncertain times nurturing and expanding the relationship between our two nations remains a priority. We look forward to working with the Biden administration in pursuit of our common goals and a brighter future.
“History says, don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.” – Seamus Heaney
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Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Transport Mark Daly has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that Irish citizens, stranded in Australia, are brought home.
Senator Daly said, “I have been contacted by families across Ireland whose loved ones are trying to get back to Ireland, but whose flights have been delayed or cancelled. Some of these people want to come home to help out in the health service, while others are coming to the end of their visa and need to get home before it runs out.
“Many of those stranded have no work and are worried about running out of money. They, or their families have shelled out huge amounts of money for flights back to Ireland, but now those flights have been cancelled.
“I am calling on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that flights are arranged to bring those who are stranded in Australia back to Ireland. He must engage with the relevant airlines and authorities to ensure that flights are scheduled in the coming days to cater for those wanting to come home”, concluded Senator Daly.
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– Senator issues warning as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week –
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called on the government to ensure that it is fully prepared to enact all elements of the Irish Sign Language Bill 2016.
The Bill, gives legal recognition to Irish Sign Language and places a requirement on State agencies to devise and implement an action plan to promote the use of sign language within the organisation. It also requires TV broadcasters to provide a subtitling service, and interpreting services for students must also be provided by the State.
Senator Daly said, “It is appropriate that as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week, the government and all Departments ensure that they fully understand and commit to the provisions within the Bill.
“This legislation was deaf led and was passed thanks to the hard work, dedication and determination of members of the Deaf community and the Irish Deaf Society. We cannot allow this to become a merely symbolic Bill; the provisions contained in it give members of the Deaf community a real opportunity to play a full part in Irish Society through their first language”.
The Irish Sign Language Bill was passed in December 2017 and signed into Law by President Higgins on Christmas Eve.
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