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Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Bill 2019: Second Stage (19 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: The debate seems to follow on from the point I was making earlier during Leaders' Questions about the agenda of increasing militarisation and securitisation in Europe. As vice chairperson of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, I have had the opportunity to attend some of the Common Defence and Security Policy meetings in Europe. There is no doubt that defence is a growing...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: Last Tuesday, when he took questions in his capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, I asked the Tánaiste about the Libyan detention centres, forced returns, the Mediterranean and the recent impasse. His response to me was very strong, namely, that migrants stranded in the Mediterranean need a much better co-ordinated and collective response from the EU instead of the ad hoc,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I do not think that what the EPF does really squares with the earlier part of the Tánaiste's response. I will introduce another aspect, namely, the EU Trust Fund for Africa. Much concern has been expressed on that, including by the EU Court of Auditors. There is concern that the trust fund is spending EU aid money in ways that contradict development and undermine human rights. Libya...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authority Housing Maintenance (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I will start by acknowledging the movement that has taken place. However, I must note a couple of other facts. There are issues around the general maintenance of local authority housing. That is also extremely slow. I know of one flats complex with three flats that have been lying vacant not just for weeks but for months. There does not seem to be any movement on those. I know they have...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authority Housing Maintenance (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 39. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the way in which it is planned to address the turnaround times for maintenance sections in the context of refurbishing local authority units for allocation to new tenants; his views on the fact that these times can often be excessive and that this can have an effect on tenants and general length of local authority housing...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authority Housing Maintenance (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: This question relates to local authorities and the turnaround time of their maintenance sections before flats and houses can be allocated to new tenants, and the effect of this on the tenants and waiting lists.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authority Housing Maintenance (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister of State. I acknowledge that there has been movement. The reality is, however, that local authority housing lists are lengthy, exhausting and deeply frustrating. There are people who have been on those lists for a long time. The waiting times on the list, measured in years, are now moving into double figures. We need accurate statistics on the length of time for which...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Planning Issues (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 45. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to and his views on the concerns of residents and established communities in SDZ areas in which large scale developments are ongoing and constant; if he is satisfied that under SDZs residents are given ample opportunity to express their views on proposed developments; and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Hare Coursing Regulation (18 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 161. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether live hare coursing has a place in a modern society in view of the grave concerns over greyhound welfare in general across Ireland raised over the past number of months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37893/19]

Offshore Islands: Motion [Private Members] (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: All islands face challenges, the main ones being population decline, isolation and limited economic activity. Economic activity is usually limited to three areas - agriculture, fishing and tourism - but one of the biggest threats is the loss of population owing to limited work opportunities, especially for talented young people. In many respects, the islands are victims of their own success...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 44. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the EU position on Libya; his further views on whether conditions within detention centres in the region are of grave concern; and his plans to address this on a European level. [37371/19]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: My question relates to Libya, the conditions in the detention centres there and how the Tánaiste can be part of addressing this at a European level.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: It is extremely difficult to understand why these detention centres in Libya continue to exist for two reasons: first, the conditions which we know pertain in the centres and, second, the fact that the centres are in a country that is not stable and is in conflict. There are two related issues, namely, the forced returns, which the Tánaiste mentioned, and the situation in the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: There certainly has been a change in the attitude of the Italian Government. Under the previous Interior Minister, there could be fines of up to €1 million, captains could be arrested and vessels could be impounded. A little progress is being made. The Tánaiste did not indicate whether Ireland will be represented in Valletta. Whether we are or not, some calls need to be made on...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Dublin-Monaghan Bombings (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 47. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if matters regarding legacy issues, in particular the withholding of State documents by the UK Government for incidents such as the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974, were addressed in view of the level of bilateral conversations with the UK regarding Brexit; and if not, his plans to do so at the next opportunity. [37372/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 62. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which he can ensure that disability inclusive development will be realised within the international development policy of Irish Aid and that persons with disability will be a key priority within the development policy. [37368/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 65. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the ongoing political crisis and human rights violations in Bahrain; the position of Ireland on the crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37370/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Dublin-Monaghan Bombings (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 99. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has had recent discussions relating to outstanding issues for the victims and relatives of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. [26844/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Naturalisation Applications (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 271. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if he has considered conferring Irish citizenship on a person (details supplied). [37157/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Brexit Issues (17 Sep 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 272. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the implications for Irish citizens currently the subject of a European arrest warrant to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit (details supplied); the steps he has taken to address these matters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37209/19]

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