Speeches

Speeches linked to posts on MerrionStreet.ie can be found here.

September 20th, 2014

Inaugural Irish Criminal Justice Conference Remarks by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD

I am delighted to be here this morning to open the Inaugural Irish Criminal Justice Conference….

September 18th, 2014

Address by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, Woodenbridge

It is an honour to be here today to officially open this truly beautiful and moving memorial to those that Wicklow lost in the First World War…

September 18th, 2014

Response by Minister of State to Seanad Private Member’s motion on Direct Provision on 17 September, 2014

I have been asked by my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, to respond to this motion by putting forward a counter motion as…

September 17th, 2014

peech by Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality – The completion last week by GSOC of its investigation into an alleged leak of confidential information concerning the Public Interest Investigation into the alleged surveillance of its offices and its decision to not publish its Report into the matter

The House is familiar with the background to this matter, which the Deputy has outlined, and in particular the article published by the Sunday Times, which claimed that GSOC was under hi-tech surveillance…

September 17th, 2014

Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD at the publication of the Final Report of the Penal Policy Review Group

I am delighted to be here today to launch the Final Report of the Penal Policy Review Group. I would like to thank the Chairman, Mr. Michael Whelan, and the members of the Group for all of their hard work in bringing this…

September 16th, 2014

Opening address by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. at the NYCI Conference on Return Migration, ‘Home is where the Heart is’

My message here today is a simple one – we want to provide opportunities for our young people to come home. It is my great pleasure to be here with you this morning and to open this National Youth Council…

September 15th, 2014

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D. to the Reconciliation Forum, Dublin Castle

It is a pleasure to be here with you this afternoon in Dublin Castle and to have had an opportunity to listen to the end of what has clearly been a day of serious and informed debate and discussion at this Annual…

September 15th, 2014

Speech delivered by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald at Garda Ceremony in Templemore, 15th September 2014

Commissioner, Distinguished Guests, members of An Garda Síochána, colleagues – Being here with you is a privilege and honour. The stars of today’s launch are the new recruits. I want to start by addressing them directly…

September 12th, 2014

Speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan T.D., Kennedy Summer School

I am very pleased to be here this afternoon to participate in the Kennedy Summer School. It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Dr. Ian Paisley today…

September 12th, 2014

Address by Tánaiste, Joan Burton, T.D. at the opening of the IBM Digital Sales Centre

I am delighted to be here today to help IBM officially open its new digital sales centre here in Damastown, which will be the start of an exciting new chapter for the company and its Irish operations…

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