Dáil debates

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Priority Questions

Export Controls

3:15 pm

Photo of Clare DalyClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I am glad we have more resources. I would argue that we probably need even more again. The European Parliament voted on an arms embargo to Saudi Arabia because of the atrocities in Yemen. As I have said, the Netherlands went further by imposing a full embargo on dual-use items as well. That would be the most suitable approach in our case. Most of the dual-use items exported by Ireland to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are category 5 items that are described as telecommunications and information security items. While that might sound innocuous, it can include telemetry, telecontrol and ground equipment that can be designed or modified for use with missiles, as well as radio jamming equipment, laser equipment and so on. It is quite wide-ranging. I remind the Minister that we exported straight-up military items worth €3.2 million to Saudi Arabia in 2013. We definitely need more checks. I do not think one additional person will be enough.


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