Fine Gael says that the Government should agree not to contest the seat if Fine Gael Senator and MEP Jim Higgins resigns. This is wrong, I argued in the Seanad: (more…)
Archive for February, 2006
How independent is the judiciary? There was a strong reaction from Government benches this week when I posed the question:
Mr. Ross: Senator Jim Walsh raised the matter of the Judiciary on which Senators Norris and O’Toole and I tabled a motion some time ago. I refer to political appointments to the Judiciary and seek a debate on ending political appointments thereto. (more…)
This country’s attitudes to Northern Ireland have moved on in the most encouraging way. The Leader [of the Seanad, Mary O’Rourke] stated that the Taoiseach’s great flexibility and the fact that he does not carry any baggage are assets. I endorse that view. We can sit back and criticise the Taoiseach for many things. However, on the issue of Northern Ireland he has a permanent place in the history of Ireland.
The reality is that whatever the setbacks, the situation improves by the day and the great tolerance the relative sides have of each other has improved immensely. (more…)