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Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (19 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I am sharing time with Deputy Pringle. I acknowledge the active engagement of the Minister of State on the issue of gambling and I am aware of the many individuals and groups he has met in that capacity. There is frustration at the slowness of the process to update the legislation and make it relevant to the reality of gambling and take it further. The Bill before us is in the context...

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Resumed) (19 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: As part of the strategic agenda, there is a statement about protecting citizens and freedoms. We should examine how Europe protects migrants and their freedoms. The Tánaiste was emphatic yesterday that it is not EU policy to return migrants to Libya and its detention centres, yet that is where some migrants end up. As well as being sent to the detention centres in Libya with their...

Proposed Service by Defence Forces with United Nations in Mali: Motion (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I admit that when I read this proposal on Ireland's participation in Mali, I was very conflicted. Like others, I am very proud of Ireland's peacekeeping troops, whose behaviour and reputation are exemplary. We know the role of Irish peacekeeping troops, some of whom have paid with their lives. In spite of the fact that the Government is going through the process of the triple lock, my...

Other Questions: Human Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: The reality is that people who are rescued in the Mediterranean are being returned to these detention centres. I have had questions and discussions on this previously. I have met NGOs, including Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, staff, both nurses and doctors, who have been working on the ships and in the detention centres. In the centres, there is appalling abuse of human rights,...

Other Questions: Human Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I draw the Tánaiste's attention to the fact that in the first week in June, there was a submission to the International Criminal Court relating to the current situation calling for the EU and member states to be prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of refugees and migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to flee Libya. It is difficult to reconcile what the Tánaiste...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Trade Sanctions (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: We know the Helms-Burton Act is a law of the United States and, therefore, its jurisdiction should be confined to the United States. It is akin to Ireland making a law and expecting it to be applied in another country. As the Tánaiste said, the Act shows no respect for international law. It is also a violation of Cuban sovereignty and undermines Cuba's constitution, which is about...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Trade Sanctions (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: It is rather ironic that, only last week, members of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence, including me, were delighted to support and approve the terms of the political dialogue and co-operation agreement between the EU and Cuba. The Cuban ambassador and the Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, were in attendance at the meeting. We were all very positive that the...

Other Questions: Human Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 39. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which he can address the situation in Qasr bin Ghashir detention centre in Libya at EU level; his views on reports from groups such as an organisation (details supplied) regarding the treatment of repatriated detainees; his further views on whether EU policy is problematic, especially the repatriation of migrants to such...

Other Questions: Human Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: This question relates to the Qasr bin Ghashir detention camp in Libya. There have been reports from various organisations regarding the treatment of repatriated detainees. It asks whether the EU policy is problematic, especially the repatriation of migrants to such conditions.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Trade Sanctions (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 38. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the Helms-Burton Act; the way in which it has been causing hardship for Cubans for decades; the way in which Ireland and the EU will support trade and solidarity with Cuba in light of US treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25165/19]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Trade Sanctions (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: My question relates to the Helms-Burton Act, the way in which it has caused hardship for Cubans for decades and how Ireland and the EU will support trade and solidarity with Cuba in light of US treatment.

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 45. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 21 May 2019, if officials have visited La Guajira, Colombia to date; if so, if they raised the issue of continued death threats; and if the ambassador was present. [25171/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 50. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the continued violence and humanitarian crisis in Yemen; the steps Ireland is taking at EU level to address the unethical sales of EU arms which has furthered the conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25170/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights Committees (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 69. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the implementation of the business and human rights policy; the regularity with which the committee has met; and the composition of the committee. [25172/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Community Return Programme (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 252. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the number of persons participating on the community return programme has declined since 2014; his plans to carry out an independent evaluation of the programme; and if the criteria will be reviewed with a view to extending access to the programme. [25250/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Legislative Programme (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 253. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of key pieces of legislation in the penal system including the criminal justice (community sanctions) Bill, the Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the Parole Bill 2016 [25251/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Prisoner Data (18 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: 254. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners registered to vote; the number that voted per prison in the presidential election in 2018 and in the May 2019 elections and referendum, respectively. [25252/19]

Sustainable Tourism: Statements (13 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: We know there are a variety of reasons tourists visit a particular country and why some countries attract tourists in greater numbers than others. Ireland has many particular selling points. It has great natural beauty in its mountains, lakes, forest, rivers, cliffs, and canals. We also have villages, town, cities and, of course, our islands. We can also include our culture, music, arts,...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Political Dialogue and Co-operation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cuba: Motion (13 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: This is a significant date in Ireland-Cuba relations. It has been a long time coming. I acknowledge the presence of the ambassador today and also the work of his predecessors, Teresita de Caridad Trujillo Hernández and Hermes Herrera Hernández, who worked on this for many years. It is the culmination of all of that work that we are at this particular step today. This is an...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Political Dialogue and Co-operation Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cuba: Motion (13 Jun 2019)

Maureen O'Sullivan: I know the focus of trade missions is the Asia-Pacific region, but if there is a trade mission going in the other direction across the Atlantic, Cuba should be considered. If we had a trade mission, including Cuba, would it be able to make progress because of the embargo? We know of firms that have been fined because they have had engagement with Cuba. I love the agreement which has been a...

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