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Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Military Exports (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: In 2014 Ireland issued 50 licences for exports of dual-use items to Saudi Arabia. In the same year €2.3 million worth of straight-up weapons were exported to the same place. Saudi Arabia started to bombard Yemen in 2015 and has been accused by the United Nations of committing war crimes there. How many weapons and weapon components were send from Ireland to Saudi Arabia that were...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Military Exports (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: Items are included in the EU military exports and dual-use items lists because they are dangerous objects which can be put to deadly use. It has often been argued that some of them are innocuous, but if that was the case, the Minister should be lobbying the European Union to take them off the lists. While she might claim that the European Union is happy for us to export dual-use items,...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Military Exports (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: While I do not know what the appropriate forum is, if there is a link between countries to which we are prepared to export and human rights concerns, will the Minister, please, ask the Cabinet whether it is right for Ireland to continue to export dual-use items to Saudi Arabia? If, as the Minister said, there is a link with human rights concerns, we cannot possibly export such items to Saudi...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: IDA Site Visits (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: I have no problem with meeting the chairman. It still does not change the fact that unemployment is 18.4%. I have not been told about any direct actions that will happen. I was in here last week with the Minister for Social Protection who told me that I should be happy to hear that the number of people on the live register in the south east had dropped from 28,500 to 24,900. In fact, the...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Military Exports (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: For many years, Ireland has had a poor record on publishing data on its military and dual use exports. It was safer for Governments to pretend that we were not an exporter of arms to maintain our thin facade of neutrality. However, perhaps provoked by the Mark Thomas documentary, we got the Control of Exports Act 2008. In 2011 we got the first report on exports of arms and dual-use items....

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Agreements (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: The Minister said we will be able to look after our own labour issues but in fact a corporation coming to a country in Europe will be allowed to use the investment court system to overrule domestic legislation. On 8 November the Minister said she had received advice to the effect that the investment court system model contained in CETA would effectively be a dispute resolution process which...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: IDA Site Visits (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: 9. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the number of IDA site visits to County Wexford in the past two years; if she will provide details of long-term measures she has planned in order to counteract economic stagnation in the south-east region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39113/16]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: IDA Site Visits (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: In regard to the previous question, less than 20% of the negotiations on CETA and TTIP concerned trade. I will now proceed to my question about jobs in Wexford. The national average unemployment rate is 7.2% while Wexford's unemployment rate is 18.4% - the third worst in the entire country. According to the South East Economic Monitor project, the south-east's economy continues to be...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: IDA Site Visits (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: I dispute the Minister's figures. The national average unemployment rate at the moment is 7.2%, the unemployment rate in the south east currently stands at 12.5%, while the unemployment rate in Wexford is 18.4%. It is a separate county, although I accept it is not classified as such, but not only is the south-east region badly served, Wexford is the worst served part of the south-east...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Agreements (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: 8. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views regarding CETA's potential negative effects on workers' rights, particularly in view of the notable lack of penalties in the text for countries or companies that violate labour laws, as highlighted by Corporate Europe Observatory; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39116/16]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Agreements (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: I have raised this issue previously with the Minister. Where will the safeguards be? As the Minister knows, we do not agree with this agreement. The Government keeps telling us that it likes the agreement, but how will workers' rights be impacted by it?

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Agreements (8 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: Most independent observers of CETA will point to excessive liberalisation and deregulation and its weakening of the Government's right to regulate in the public interest. Last month, 450 civil society organisations from the EU and Canada published an open letter urging legislators to vote against CETA in February. They were all in agreement that CETA's investment court system, ICS, granted...

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (7 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: I am not shocked at the Bill but I find it disappointing. I have found the Government's approach to the supply of housing and the construction industry to be very disappointing for the past six years.

Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (7 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: If the Minister of State wants to debate this in public with me I will have a debate at any time. Whether he likes it or not, I understand the industry. It annoys me that the people in this Government who make the decisions around the supply of housing do not seem to understand it. They do not even seem prepared to talk to the people who do understand it. I want to give credit to a few...

Other Questions: Transport Policy (7 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: The National Transport Authority and Irish Rail are believed to have earmarked five rail lines for closure, including the stretch of line between Gorey and Rosslare. It is unclear whether these threats, which have come about because of severe cuts to subventions, will materialise, but it is worrying that such closures are being contemplated. I wish to make a couple of points to the Minister.

Other Questions: Transport Policy (7 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: Passenger numbers on the section of line are increasing while the subvention cost per passenger is decreasing. Some 3,500 people commute from Wexford to Dublin and Wicklow each day. Wexford is 100 km closer to Dublin but the train journey time is the same. If improvements were made, many more people would use it and it is a very worthwhile service.

Cannabis for Medicinal Use (Regulations) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (1 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: I too welcome the Bill and fair play to Deputy Gino Kenny and the AAA-PBP for bringing it forward. It will certainly help to ease pain for thousands of people in Ireland suffering from a wide range of medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain syndrome and numerous other conditions. The evidence for this has been reported recently in the Barnes report,...

Cannabis for Medicinal Use (Regulations) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (1 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: He is probably stoned out of his head.

Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (1 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: In his contribution the Minister of State quoted the Minister who stated: "The use of prison rules, done by way of statutory instrument, remains, in her view, the most effective and efficient way of adapting to changing circumstances." We are not doing very well by international standards in the way we operate prisons. It is important that we are talking about prisons today, as we do not...

Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (30 Nov 2016)

Mick Wallace: I also support the Bill. We have an uncontrolled rental sector and it will stay uncontrollable until there is proper legislation around the rental market. The Government insists this is linked to the housing crisis and it is certainly a major factor. What are we doing about the housing crisis? It is amazing that the problems we have with the housing crisis and rental market have been with...

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