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Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (16 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: The Minister said that diversity of content and ownership across the media remains an important part of a healthy democratic society and I fully agree with him. However, he also said that he was retaining the basic model of current laws based on the principle of avoiding intervention by Government in media ownership, except in specific circumstances following procedures determined by law. I...

Other Questions: Rent Supplement Scheme Administration (16 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: There is no doubt that supply is a problem. However, price is also a problem. Rent supplement has been reduced, while rents are increasing. I know many people in Wexford who have been obliged to make up the shortfall which has resulted from this. In Dublin, rents are going through the roof. There is a good reason for this. Huge numbers of apartments - including a number I developed -...

Other Questions: Rent Supplement Scheme Administration (16 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: Yesterday, I was contacted by three young men in their early 20s who are seeking to rent an apartment in the docklands area of Dublin. They were asked to pay €1,800 for the privilege. This is because there is a cartel in place as a result of the fact that a small number of people own all the apartments that are available.

Other Questions: Rent Supplement Scheme Administration (16 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I checked the position in Wexford last week and I discovered that there are fewer than ten boarded-up homes.

Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Síochána and other persons) Order 2014: Motion (15 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: The Taoiseach said today that the commission shall exercise discretion regarding the scope and intensity of the investigations it considers necessary and appropriate. He also said that the commission shall have the discretion to decide to limit its investigation. Does he actually want the truth or the minimum? Mr. Justice Fennelly has not been asked outright to examine the issue of the...

Other Questions: Employment Rights Issues (15 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: Ireland is probably the dearest little country in which to live and survive. Given that there has been a huge increase in what can only be described as precarious work, the great majority of the new jobs created in the last couple of years have been low paid and many of them are temporary as well, with very poor working conditions in many cases. It has reached a stage where the worker does...

Other Questions: Employment Rights Issues (15 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: Perhaps I do not have well-off friends like Deputy McGrath but for a large number of workers in the low-paid sector it has reached a point where people with jobs are suffering deprivation. The Minister states that the Government increased the minimum wage, and it was good that this happened, but the minimum wage is too low for people to have a decent standard of living in this dear country....

Other Questions: Employment Rights Issues (15 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: 108. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when stakeholder discussions on collective bargaining are expected to conclude; if he will reform the current law on employees' right to engage in collective bargaining in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17417/14]

Other Questions: Employment Rights Issues (15 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: The question refers to a programme for Government commitment which has still not been implemented after three years. Does the Minister plan to reform the law on collective bargaining before the end of 2014?

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: In recent months we have seen how section 39 of the Broadcasting Act has been exploited by individuals and organisations seeking to further their own agendas and define the terms of the upcoming public debate on marriage equality. As the barrister Mr. Brian Barrington pointed out at the time of the Pantigate scandal, by its censorship of Mr. Rory O'Neill RTE has undermined confidence in its...

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I did not say that I would. I am saying that the Bill is welcome because we need to discuss this whole area. In the opening part of his speech, I found the Minister was very derogatory towards the Deputy's Bill. I thought it was over the top. Another prominent misconception is that the right to freedom of expression somehow carries with it an entitlement to a platform. In this regard,...

Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (10 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I welcome the Bill. The idea of this House being unavailable to those who have run into financial problems in this climate and in this day and age is a bit on the harsh side. Bankruptcy is very strange. We have had an economic collapse of a sort in Ireland, and some people who have lost hundreds of millions, and some who have cost the State hundreds of millions, will not go bankrupt while...

Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014: Second Stage (10 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I will give Deputy Cowen a minute.

Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members] (9 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I welcome the fact that the Government is not opposing the Bill. Hopefully the reason is genuine and is not connected to the local elections. Its agreement to the set back distances and the provisions relating to noise and shadow flicker are welcome. We do not seem to have a developed energy strategy - not that it is easy to have one, given that so many things have been changing so fast in...

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (9 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I have not had as much time as I would have liked to go through the Bill. The merging of the two bodies was cited last week in the Government’s amendment to the motion of no confidence in the Minister. This disappointing Bill could have been more progressive and reforming. Improvements have been made to the first draft provided in 2012. The Bill lacks substance if it is to provide...

Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Provision (8 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I wish to discuss a case with which the Minister of State, Deputy White, might be familiar, that of Mrs. Eimear Lynch-Rowe who is based in Gorey, County Wexford. Eimear suffers from a very aggressive and rapid form of motor neurone disease, MND. Her symptoms first became apparent in January 2013, and she received her diagnosis last October. Between January last year and now she has...

Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Provision (8 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: My second question related to a breakdown of the cost. I accept there are many issues at stake. The Minister of State referred to equipment and trained staff and where the financial resources would come from. Has anyone estimated the potential cost to provide such a service in the home? Does the Minister of State have even an approximate figure? Is it the case that the HSE will meet...

Topical Issue Debate (3 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: Yes, I wish to defer it until next Tuesday when a Minister or Minister of State from the Department of Health will be able to come to the House to deal with it.

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (Resumed) (3 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: Housing is a massive issue. It always has been a big issue but the problem now is that the goal posts have moved dramatically in the last number of years. The Minister of State is responsible for housing and may God help her. She has a very difficult task and if the Government is not prepared to give her any money, that makes it even more difficult. A media outlet in Wexford contacted me...

Current Crisis in Ukraine: Motion (3 Apr 2014)

Mick Wallace: I move amendment No. 1:To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following:“calls on the European Union and the United States to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine”. I too am surprised that the Minister of State is giving such wholehearted support to the new, unelected government of Ukraine. Is the Government...

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