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EU Migration and Refugee Crisis: Statements (28 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: I had planned on saying something other than what I am about to say because I find it difficult not to run across the Chamber. It was upsetting listening to the Minister. He said that we needed to prevent conflicts from starting. How in God's name can he say that? He is allowing Shannon to be used as a US military airbase. We are giving permits for munitions and armed troops to pass...

EU Migration and Refugee Crisis: Statements (28 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: No, he can talk away. He obviously does not listen even when he is looking at me.

EU Migration and Refugee Crisis: Statements (28 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: As the Minister knows, we were in Calais and Dunkirk two weeks ago.

EU Migration and Refugee Crisis: Statements (28 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: The smugglers there are the only people who are doing well. And they are doing really well. They are making more money now than they were six months ago because it has become more difficult to get in. Most people will get into Britain anyway. They just have to pay. Families are paying £20,000 to get to Britain from Dunkirk and Calais. As to where in God's name they are getting the...

Irish Water: Statements (27 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, told us that we needed Irish Water because of the need to stop leaks and the waste of water. Why were the leaks not tackled immediately after Irish Water was set up? Some 40% of water in Dublin is still leaking into the ground. The Minister, Deputy Simon Coveney, said this was about conservation. The Government paid...

Ireland's Stability Programme Update April 2016: Statements (27 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: Under the pact, EU Governments are supposed to bring their deficits to below 3% of GDP and debts are not supposed to be higher than 60% of GDP. However, the rules seem to allow some budget items to be stripped out, including the cost of extraordinary events. It looks like Italy, Lithuania, Austria, Spain and France are going to break the rules around the 3% in 2016 and yet Ireland insists...

EU-UK Relations: Statements (21 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: Story of my life.

EU-UK Relations: Statements (21 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: Obviously Ireland has concerns about whether Britain stays in the EU and they are very much linked to trade. I am not convinced quite so many problems would develop around trade between Ireland and Britain if Britain were to leave the EU. Needs must and there are different ways of doing business. I think the issue would be dealt with in such a way that both countries would continue to do...

Health Services: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: Mental health was the health issue raised most with me during the election campaign in Wexford. Problems with mental health are not confined to Wexford but the county did have the highest suicide rate in Ireland in 2015. That is not unrelated to the fact that Wexford has the third highest level of deprivation in the country or that the HSE deals abysmally badly with the problem there. A...

Housing Issues: Statements (14 Apr 2016)

Mick Wallace: Most people would agree we have had a problem with how we do housing and with the construction industry for a long time. Sadly, in the five years I have spent in here, I have watched things getting progressively worse rather than better. This week, the members of the Independents 4 Change group - myself and Deputies Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Tommy Broughan, Catherine Connolly and Thomas...

Housing and Homelessness: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Mick Wallace: I also want to avoid repeating what we have been saying here for the past five years and I want to look at what we should do now. We should learn from our mistakes over the past five years. I remember on 15 January 2014 having a serious argument with the Minister for Finance about inviting and encouraging the investment funds to avail of huge tracts of property in Ireland, having to pay no...

Topical Issue Debate: Foster Care (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: As the Minister of State knows, Deputy Clare Daly and I contacted her almost a year ago about this and we did not jump all over it. It needs to be acknowledged that there is something seriously amiss with how the HSE operates. This is only one issue. We have been told other things over a period that makes us very concerned about the behaviour of certain members of the HSE in the south-east...

Topical Issue Debate: Employment Rights (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: Before the Minister, Deputy Bruton, leaves the Chamber, I wish to inform him that, unfortunately, unemployment in Wexford is still at 22%. That is worth his attention.

Topical Issue Debate: Employment Rights (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: I did.

Topical Issue Debate: Foster Care (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: During the ongoing controversy around this case, at least one manager with no experience and no professional qualifications relating to child abuse was appointed to the area. There was transparency in respect of the appointments process and the job was not advertised. It was an in-house promotion. That is a contributory factor in the case. The dysfunctionality of the HSE in general is...

Topical Issue Debate: Foster Care (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: -----but that is not clear from the director general's statement today.

Other Questions: Mental Health Services Provision (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: 68. To ask the Minister for Health if he has plans to put a 24-hour acute mental health unit in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3923/16]

Other Questions: Mental Health Services Provision (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: I have raised this issue with the Minister of State before. One of the key messages of A Vision for Change was the need to reduce reliance on acute in-patient beds in cases of mental illness by strengthening early interventions by community mental health teams. Last autumn, In reply to my question, the Minister of State said the delivery of mental health services had been transformed....

Other Questions: Mental Health Services Provision (2 Feb 2016)

Mick Wallace: It is not my job to be dissatisfied. The services the Minister of State is talking about may reap rewards in the future. I hope they will. I was contacted recently by a woman who lives five minutes away from me. She told me that her 24 year old son tried to take his own life in late October 2015, which was his second attempt in four years. He slit his wrists and came very close to...

Order of Business (28 Jan 2016)

Mick Wallace: Yes. I am glad this is not being rushed through.

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