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Garden reception at the Irish Embassy

Speech - Thursday | 08 September 2022

Ambassador Conmy, honoured guests, members of the Association de Femmes d’Europe. I’d like to begin by thanking the Ambassador for the invitation to speak with you this evening and to congratulate the Association on the quiet, understated, but vital work it continues to do around the world. I will shortly speak about the situation of women more generally in the EU, but I want first to remark upon ...

Exchange of view with Parliament’s COVI Committee

Speech - Wednesday | 07 September 2022

Honourable Members of the COVI Committee, Dear Chair Van Brempt, Thank you for the invitation. It is my pleasure to meet with this new Committee charged with a most important task. The war in Ukraine might have displaced some of the attention paid to Covid-19 but the lessons to be learned from this Committee’s work and future report will have relevance not just to future health threats on that sca...

Presentation of the European Ombudsman’s strategic initiative on ensuring respect for human rights in international trade agreements

Speech - Monday | 05 September 2022

Honourable Members, Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. In July last year, I launched an initiative to look into how the European Commission ensures that human rights are respected in the context of international trade agreements. This initiative followed the Commission’s adoption in February 2021 of a new trade strategy that includes the commitment for the EU to “take a more assertiv...

Speech by the Ombudsman to the Plenary Assembly of the National Conference of the Regional Parliaments (Italy) on how ombudsmen can ensure refugees are getting the help they need

Speech - Monday | 20 June 2022

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. You come together almost five months since Russia invaded Ukraine and brought Europe back to a time that we had thought consigned to history, when great powers used military force in pursuit of irredentist dreams. Even in 2022, one sovereign state can still invade another, Europeans can still be forced to flee their homes, and peace on our contine...

"Ethics and transparency: tools for strengthening public confidence" conference - keynote speech by Ombudsman O'Reilly

Speech - Thursday | 09 June 2022

Good morning and thank you to the High Authority for organising today’s conference. Next year, I will have been an Ombudsman for 20 years, ten as Ombudsman for Ireland and ten as European Ombudsman. Prior to that I spent more than 20 years as a journalist largely covering Irish politics including the conflict in Northern Ireland. I have therefore always worked precisely in that space where public ...

European Network of Ombudsmen Conference 2022 Opening Second day of Conference

Speech - Thursday | 28 April 2022

Good morning colleagues and welcome to today’s session of our Conference. Let me again express my thanks to the Mayor of Strasbourg and her team for the wonderful hospitality we enjoyed last night and I hope that you all also enjoyed meeting up with old colleagues and getting to know our new ones. Today we will continue our discussion on the challenges of digitalization and we shall also hear abou...

European Network of Ombudsmen Conference 2022. European Ombudsman’s opening remarks

Speech - Wednesday | 27 April 2022

Chers collègues, chers amis, chers invités d'honneur. J'ai le plaisir de vous accueillir à Strasbourg pour la conférence du Réseau européen des médiateurs. Cette année, nous l'accueillons en collaboration avec la Mediatrice de la République Mme Hédon et aussi avec le grand soutien du Maire de Strasbourg Mme Barseghian et je les remercie toutes les deux ainsi que leurs équipes pour ce soutien. But ...

Exchange of views on access to EU documents. European Ombudsman’s address to LIBE committee

Speech - Thursday | 21 April 2022

Good afternoon and thank you very much for inviting me today. Let me start by paying tribute to the people of Ukraine at this time and recognise the unimaginable suffering they are experiencing. Neither the young nor the old, the healthy or the sick, have been spared the savagery of the Russian assault and daily we witness scenes we thought we had long consigned to history. I am pleased that the U...

Accountability, transparency and citizen participation: the quest for European public ethics standards

Speech - Tuesday | 15 March 2022

Let me start off with a special thank you to Mme Ferreira for hosting me here today on your beautiful campus. Your university is a comparatively young one but from what I have read and observed it encompasses all of the wonderful qualities of youth and notably those of dynamism and ambition. You emphasise the promotion of excellence in everything you do from undergraduate to Doctoral level but I h...

European Ombudsman’s speech at Plenary Debate on the Annual Report 2020

Speech - Monday | 14 February 2022

Good evening, Firstly, let me remember late President Sassoli, a great loss for Europe. I would also like to congratulate President Metsola for your election. Honourable Members, let me thank the rapporteur Ms Evi and all the shadow rapporteurs for their work on this report. As Irish has become a fully official EU language this year, I am happy to speak in Irish this evening. The first year of the...