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Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: There are still no effective rent controls or taxes on landbanking. Airbnb is making the housing crisis worse and operates in a strange place legally. Last year, An Bord Pleanála upheld a Dublin City Council ruling that an apartment owner in Temple Bar needed to apply for planning permission if the owner wanted to continue renting the property out via Airbnb. The Minister, Deputy...

Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: This morning during Leaders' Questions, the Tánaiste stated that everyone wants to see the homelessness problem solved and every possible initiative is being taken. This statement is not supported by reality. According to Focus Ireland, in March last, 77 families in Dublin experienced homelessness for the first time, while in March 2013 five families became homeless. The 4% cap on...

Other Questions: Local Authority Housing Provision (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: If I send the Minister of State the breakdown of Mel Reynolds' analysis, will he reply to it and counteract what Mr. Reynolds says in order to justify his own numbers?

Leaders' Questions (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: It is outrageous that they might use international terrorism to defend the present Garda Commissioner. The house that is An Garda Síochána is falling down around her ears. While scandals, which can only be described as white collar crime, continue to escalate around Templemore, at the other end of the scale the plot thickens around the Garda involvement in the heroin trade in...

Leaders' Questions (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: But it is not.

Leaders' Questions (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: Three years.

Leaders' Questions (25 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: Yesterday, Kathleen O’Toole confirmed the suspicions of many, namely, that the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is a fig leaf to divert attention away from the crisis in Garda management. She said that the commission's task is not to scrutinise the performance of individuals and that Garda management inherited a poisoned chalice. However, she forgot to tell us that the...

Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016: Report Stage (24 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: Only in Donegal.

Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016: Report Stage (24 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: While Independents 4 Change will support the Bill, I also agree with Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett and support the amendments. We will not jeopardise it, as we are getting near the end, and fair play to Deputy Tony McLoughlin and those who put enough pressure on Deputies in their areas to force the Government into this position, although it has not done a U-turn on how it feels about the...

Criminal Justice Bill 2016: Report and Final Stages (24 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: On Deputy O'Callaghan's point I had two particular experiences with the digital audio recording. In one case I could not get it and in the other one it was too costly.

Criminal Justice Bill 2016: Report and Final Stages (24 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: Amendment No. 4 provides that "all contracts for the performance of monitoring duties entered into with private providers by the Government after the commencement date of this Act shall stipulate that such activities shall be performed on a non-commercial, not-for-profit basis." This is not an outrageous proposal. The United States is probably the best example of practice in other...

Commission of Investigation (National Asset Management Agency) Order 2017: Motion (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move amendment No. 1:To insert the following after “9th May, 2017”: ", with the inclusion of the following amendments to the draft Order, which Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to make: (a) the deletion of Article 4(2); (b) after Article 4(4) the insertion of the following Schedule to the Order: ‘SCHEDULE Commission of Investigation (National Asset...

Other Questions: Surveillance Operations (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: Terrorist acts are no excuse for us not to legislate properly or not to follow international best practice. The Minister pointed out that under current legislation, only the Minister, after an application has been made to him or her, may grant authorisation to intercept communications. This is not a safeguard. Surveillance based on political authorisation rather than a judicial warrant is...

Other Questions: Surveillance Operations (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: International human rights law requires that interception of communications be authorised by a judge or an equivalent independent body. The legislation in Ireland does not have these strong safeguards. Having a judge browse over a few of them at the end of the year is not serious oversight.

Other Questions: Surveillance Operations (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: To compare this with the UK, oversight of phone tapping there is carried out on a full-time basis by an interception of communications commissioner with 13 support staff. The UK commissioner publishes detailed, twice yearly reports, statistics on the number of interception warrants issued and errors made and the safeguards in place. There is no comparison with what we are doing. I am...

Other Questions: Surveillance Operations (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: 49. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she is satisfied that the current system governing the surveillance of private citizens meets best international standards of accountability following the recent revelations of Garda surveillance on a private citizen; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24381/17]

Other Questions: Surveillance Operations (23 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: We discussed this topic last week and I am happy to discuss it again, as the Minister raised more questions than she answered. It relates to governance of surveillance systems, in which respect the Minister was most vague. She stated that current legislation contains "strong safeguards to ensure the system of interceptions is operated properly" and that there are "multilayered checks and...

Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016: Report Stage (17 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move amendment No. 3:In page 6, between lines 10 and 11, to insert the following: “4. The Principal Act is amended by the substitution of the following for section 31A:“31A. (1)Where the Planning Regulator is of the opinion that—(a) a regional assembly, or assemblies, as the case may be, in making the regional spatial and economic strategy has ignored, or has not taken...

Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016: Report Stage (17 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: The Minister of State might say we only make recommendations when we come into this House but we put forward ideas not just for the fun of it or to get our names in the newspapers. We probably would not get them in anyway but I would not be worried about that. We brought in a policing Bill in 2013 and 2014 and we put a lot of work into it and made recommendations.

Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016: Report Stage (17 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: We think we put forward good ideas. Two inadequate Bills were brought in here since then and that is part of the fact we still have problems around policing. We argued in the House about the vacant site levy. The vacant site levy the Government is bringing in down the road is a puff of smoke. It is no good. Landbanking is such a huge problem in the construction industry.

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