I have heard from Shanghai that Richard O’Halloran, an innocent Irish businessman has commenced his journey home having had his freedom to travel restored by a court in Shanghai.
This is great news for Richard, Tara and their children. This is his third year of separation from his family, a wholly unjust and cruel detention of an Irish citizen in China.
His human rights and those of his family have been grossly violated on a prolonged basis by an unjust and indefensible hostage taking wholly outside what is permissible in international human rights law.
I want to thank all of those people who have supported Richard in recent years for their steadfast support.
Watch Senator McDowell's contributions in Seanad Éireann on the detention of Richard O'Halloran
Debate transcripts on the detention of Richard O’Halloran