News & Statements
Seanad approves bill to safeguard ‘good causes’ funding – Ward
A Bill drafted by Fine Gael’s Barry Ward which aims to ensure National Lottery funding is guaranteed to go to fund sports groups, arts and community activities across the country is progressing through the Oireachtas.
Real change, not lip service, needed in treatment of women’s sports teams – Ward
Reports from hersport.ie that the Connacht Women's Rugby Team was forced to change beside rat-infested bins before an interprovincial match against Ulster yesterday has set back progress made in recognising women's and men's sport equally, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Ward welcomes suspension of deportation orders on Afghan asylum seekers
The decision to suspend deportation orders placed on Afghan asylum seekers who had previously been denied refugee status in Ireland is welcome given the current volatility in the region, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Ireland must lead the support for Belarusian athlete – Ward
Fine Gael Dún Laoghaire Senator Barry Ward has called for action on the request from Belarus athlete Kristina Timanovskaya for asylum in Japan, saying Ireland must lead the international community in calling for the protection of the Belarusians abroad who need it.
China’s ‘security laws’ target public freedom in Hong Kong – Ward
A Fine Gael Senator has strongly criticised the new ‘security’ laws imposed in Hong Kong by China, following the conviction of a 24-year-old in a juryless trial.
Unanimous support for more effective sanctions against Belarusian regime – Ward
The Seanad has today unanimously acknowledged the lack of fairness and transparency in last year’s Belarusian Presidential election and condemned the show trials and anti-democratic actions which have taken place since.
Ireland must push for more effective sanctions against Belarusian regime – Ward
A Fine Gael Senator has called on the Irish government and our partners in the European Union to implement more effective sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
Human trafficking must be prevented in Ireland – Ward
The publication of the US State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report reminds us we must redouble our efforts to stamp out human trafficking, Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward has said.
Commitment to seek apology from Minister for Health marks significant progress for Thalidomide survivors – Ward
Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward has welcomed a commitment by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, to seek an apology from the Minister for Health to victims of Thalidomide in Ireland.
Sinn Féin refuse to support retention of Special Criminal Court – Ward
Sinn Féin has again today failed to support the retention of the Special Criminal Court which protects Irish citizens against threats posed by terrorism and organised crime, a Fine Gael Senator has said.