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Other Questions: Jobseeker's Allowance (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: The Minister mentioned the unemployment figure. The national figure is approximately 17% for those under 25, while the national figure for general workers is at the 8% mark. Sadly, in Wexford, the rate is over 20% for the general workforce and over 30% for those under 25, which is absolutely frightening. I do not want to go on a parish pump rant, but I must say this. People were talking...

Other Questions: Jobseeker's Allowance (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: The core point is that the maximum rate for those aged between 18 and 24 with no dependant children is currently €100. Those who are 25 are getting €144, down from €188. The poverty line is around the €200 mark per adult per week, and expecting people to survive on half of that is not a runner. As we are discussing youth unemployment, I will add that I met a...

Other Questions: Jobseeker's Allowance (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: Exactly. They are not going to get welfare payments.

Other Questions: Social Welfare Benefits (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: 34. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if he will restore the social protection payments which have been cut over the past seven years, given the impact of rising inflation during this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11650/16]

Other Questions: Social Welfare Benefits (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: The Minister said inflation had been low in the past year or two. That is true, but there has been inflation since 2010 and basic social protection payments have been cut by 8% since then. There have also been cuts to secondary welfare supports for people of all ages and family types, along with a tightening of the conditions for accessing jobseeker's benefit. In addition, between 2008 and...

Other Questions: Social Welfare Benefits (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: -----but the reality is very different on the ground.

Other Questions: Social Welfare Benefits (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: I too wish the Minister well in his job, and I hope he takes a more rational approach to dealing with issues than what we have seen in the past five years. The argument has been made that the Minister is almost trying to protect young people, and people in general, from welfare dependancy. The Minister said we could all come up with research results that suited us. Most research shows that...

Other Questions: Jobseeker's Allowance (25 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: 36. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if he will restore the jobseeker's allowance for persons under 26 years of age to pre-2014 levels, given calls from a number of groups such as the Free Legal Advice Centres, which has stated that this cut in particular is pushing people into homelessness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11649/16]

Adjournment Debate: Refugee Crisis (24 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: More than 8,000 people have been moved from the Idomeni camp, and among them are hundreds of unaccompanied children. If the European Union countries, including Ireland, had fulfilled their obligations in the past year, most of those people would not be going into another camp but would be facing a better future. Sadly, the programme of the EU is about detention and deportation, when it...

Leaders' Questions (24 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: Tell that to RTE.

Leaders' Questions (24 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: I thought she was answerable to the Dáil.

Leaders' Questions (18 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: The Minister should call the Commissioner to account.

Adjournment Debate: Garda Reports (17 May 2016)

Mick Wallace: If Maurice McCabe had not made a recording, the judge would have been compelled to believe the two officers and Maurice McCabe would have been destroyed. This development was not even mentioned in the O'Higgins report. Surely, that undermines the report's integrity. We still do not know whether Ms Nóirín O'Sullivan's legal team, under her direction, handed documents to the...

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.

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