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July 22, 2019

After a very busy few months, the Oireachtas went into summer recess last week. This gives us an opportunity to look forward and prepare for the coming Parliamentary term and lots of work ahead, and I wanted to give an update on one of my biggest legislative priorities...

January 24, 2019

The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018has today passed its crucial Second Stage vote in the Lower House of the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann. TDs supported the Bill by a margin of 78 votes in favour to 45 votes against.

Having already been pa...

December 5, 2018

The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018has today (December 5th) passed all stages in the Irish Senate, Seanad Éireann. In their third and final vote on the Bill, Senators supported the legislation by a margin of 29 votes in favour to 16 votes...

October 10, 2018

In January, Independent Senator Frances Black launched the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018. The bill passed a historic first vote in July, and returns to Seanad Éireann for the next stage in November 2018. 

The bill seeks...

September 6, 2017

Independent Senator Frances Black is holding a series of open public meetings on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, beginning on Sunday September 10th in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork from 7.30-9pm. The meetings will bring together health experts, campaigners and comm...

May 17, 2017

I am very pleased this debate is taking place today as it is long overdue. I welcome the commitments to offer support and services to people who were resident in the homes, in particular in the areas of health and well-being. It is vital that the State has a clear duty...

April 12, 2017

It might be a surprise to some that I support this legislation. I have spoken openly on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and will probably speak on it again today. It is something that I am extremely passionate about. Unfortunately, people might think I am in the tempe...

April 11, 2017

Our treatment of the thousands of people in direct provision throughout this country is nothing short of a scandal. A country coming to terms with the awful abuse inflicted on people in the mother and baby homes, the Magdalen laundries and other State and religious ins...

April 5, 2017

I commend Senator Kelleher on introducing this Bill and all those who have supported it. I wholeheartedly welcome this legislation because we all know that some of the most heinous crimes committed in this country target the vulnerable. I believe this legislation tackl...

March 29, 2017

I commend Senators Warfield and Ruane on this great legislation and I welcome all the young people here today. Robust voter participation is fundamental to a healthy democracy and 16 and 17 year olds voting would increase voter engagement across the entire electorate....

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