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Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (23 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I too welcome Deputy Kelly's Bill. Fair play to him for bringing it forward. It is a breathe of fresh air. It is a straightforward and logical Bill that will be of great benefit to Ireland's burgeoning microbreweries, distilleries and cideries, tourism throughout the country, Irish industry and exports. Currently, if one visits a brewery, it is illegal for the brewery to sell its own...

Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (23 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I thank the Minister of State for her response. I know this is not her responsibility but the truth of the matter is that not only are psychology services in Wexford poor and not only is the HSE's approach to the problems that prevail in Wexford very poor, but there is not near enough emphasis on psychology. I am not even sure if there is a psychotherapist on the books of the HSE. Perhaps...

Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (23 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: In the past month alone, my office has been contacted by four different families regarding services for suicidal children and teenagers in Wexford. We were contacted by a 14 year old girl and her mother. She has presented to the HSE twice with suicidal thoughts. Her father committed suicide when she was younger and her uncle also committed suicide. She wrote a letter to the office of the...

An Bille um an gCúigiú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Cearta Eacnamaíochta, Sóisialacha agus Cultúir), 2016: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: We again propose to incorporate the covenant in the Constitution, something we should have done a long time ago. The Labour Party introduced two Private Members' Bills which proposed to do the same thing as Deputy Pringle's Bill, one by Ruairí Quinn in 2000 and a second more recent one by the then Deputy and now Senator Kevin Humphreys in 2012. The Labour Party voted against the Bill...

Universal Jurisdiction of Human Rights Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members] (9 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I thank the Minister of State and everyone who spoke. First, I am very keen to find out if the Government would consider amending the Bill. I was the first to acknowledge that it was far from perfect. It was produced a couple of years ago with the help of a guy called Nick. We have a lot to learn about how to construct a Bill. It would be good if the Government actually sought to amend...

Universal Jurisdiction of Human Rights Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members] (9 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I apologise to all the staff being dragged in here at this hour on a Thursday evening. The Bill will provide for a universal jurisdiction of human rights; enable the charging and conviction of persons who breach international human rights law in cases of, but not limited to, genocide, war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, whether...

Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters Relative to Disability Service in the South East and Related Matters) (Revised): Motion (9 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: We welcome the changes. This has been an incredible debacle. As far back as 1990 this foster home was found to be not fit for purpose. There was a cover-up, the first one. In 1993, a mother made a complaint and was bullied into not following it up and was threatened with allegations being made against her own family. A formal investigation which took place was signed off by the senior...

European Council Meeting: Statements (8 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I wish to share time with Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan. When the Taoiseach goes to Europe I would like him to use his time there to defend the Palestinians who are at the mercy of Israeli military forces on a daily basis. There has been much talk for a long time about the two state solution but that solution is actually dead now. Its death began in 1967 when the Israelis took over so much of...

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage (8 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move:That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Statute of Limitations 1957 to bring the issue of Circuit Court and High Court Judgments into line with the most recent bankruptcy legislation, by reducing the lifetime of High Court and Circuit Court Judgments from 12 years to two years, and reduce the Statute of Limitations from six years to two years in instances...

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage (8 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time".

Commission of Investigation into the Grace case: Motion (7 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: As Deputy Clare Daly indicated, we have engaged on this matter since 2014. We gave State bodies and the Government the benefit of the doubt but, sadly, they have proved unworthy of that. Last week, a former specialist lecturer in child protection of disabled children, Dr. Margaret Kennedy, stated that the report into the abuse of Grace had been published, with heads of State, disability...

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I welcome Deputy Clare Daly's Bill, which is a simple and common sense measure that clarifies the law in line with the recommendations made in reports and that will bring some relief to people who are fed up of having to deal with a cumbersome and bureaucratic entity that seems more interested in satisfying checklists than providing genuine care and assistance under is its mandate. The...

Other Questions: Coastal Erosion (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I find this subject interesting. I live five minutes from a place called Bannow Island, where there is considerable coastal erosion. I have contacted Wexford County Council about it a couple of times. The council claims that it cannot get any money to deal with the matter. Since Fingal County Council has money available to it but is not applying for it, would the OPW give it to Wexford...

Other Questions: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: I knew that final line was coming 30 seconds ago. The Minister is correct that I would not have advocated further reducing current expenditure. What I am advocating is that we challenge the EU fiscal rules in order to borrow money at 1% for investment in infrastructure. I am delighted to hear the Minister is having reservations about PPPs and I agree wholeheartedly with him on that point....

Other Questions: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: 11. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has read TASC's report: A Time for Ambition, which calls for a significant increase in public investment from 1.84% of GDP to 2.8% per annum with regard to the announcement of a new ten year capital plan; his plans to open a public consultation process with regard to formulating the new plan; and if he will make a statement on...

Other Questions: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: The Minister said earlier that investment in infrastructure in 2017 would be 14% higher than in the previous year. According to my mathematics if investment currently stands at 1.7% a 14% increase on that will leave us at well under 2% in terms of investment whereas the European average is approximately 2.9%. If we are not going to challenge the EU rules, will we be paying expensively for...

Other Questions: Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme (2 Mar 2017)

Mick Wallace: We are starting at an incredibly low base so the percentage increases will leave us playing catch up. The Central Bank has said that Government investment has declined by two-thirds since 2008. One of the ways we have been sourcing money because of EU fiscal rules is the public private partnership, PPP, model. Research in Britain shows that public private partnerships cost, on average,...

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