Today I wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Charles Flanagan to address the horrifying situation in Gaza. Last week in the Order of Business I took the opportunity to ask the Leader to invite Deputy Flanagan, to come to the House as soon as we return in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East.
I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in congratulating the new Ministers of State, although I understand they have not yet been formally appointed, and offering my commiseration to those who have lost office.
BACIK PROPOSES MOTION TO DEAL WITH FORCED MARRIAGES
Senator Ivana Bacik will later today propose a Private Member’s Motion in the Seanad on behalf of the Labour Senators asking the Government to consider removing or amending the statutory provision which allows minors to marry on the basis of a court exemption.