El Salvador: Motion, Dáil Éireann debate

Thursday 10 Dec 1981

From the 1904 Casement Report detailing abuses in the Congo Free State which was under the private ownership of King Leopold II of Belgium to Mary Robinson’s role as High Commissioner for Human Rights, Irish people have been active as rapporteurs on human rights issues internationally.


Michael D Higgins's intervention on a motion on El Salvador in a Dáil Éireann debate, 10 Dec 1981. Photo as reprinted in large format on a wall at the Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects exhibition, Feb 2020. Photo: Tony Daly/developmenteducation.ie

This segment of part of a speech, from recently elected TD Michael D. Higgins is another example in this tradition. Higgins would subsequently lead a monitoring visit from an Irish delegation to El Salvador, who were stopped at gunpoint from entering the country to investigate mass killings during a bloody civil war. As President, Michael D. Higgins returned to El Salvador 31 years.

For more, take a look at the full debate as recorded in the House of the Oireachtas Debates on 10 December 1981.

Source: House of the Oireachtas

Date: 1981

Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography