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Senator Michael McDowell welcomes the release of Richard O’Halloran from 3 years detention in China


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.

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Watch Senator McDowell's contributions in Seanad Éireann on the detention of Richard O'Halloran


Debate transcripts on the detention of Richard O’Halloran

Human Rights in China: Motion – Seanad Éireann (26th Seanad) – Wednesday, 1 Dec 2021 – Houses of the Oireachtas

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (26th Seanad) – Thursday, 16 Dec 2021 – Houses of the Oireachtas


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