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Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I am in favour of holding accountable all people who commit crimes, and I am talking about people on both sides. The Minister says the EU is working towards a genuine and inclusive political transition but I get the impression that "political transition" also refers to regime change. They went into Iraq to implement regime change and look at the mayhem they have left behind them. As bad as...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I thank the Minister for being here to take the issue and the Ceann Comhairle for allowing it. If Bashar al-Assad deliberately used chemical weapons on his own people, that is horrific. He should certainly be held to account. He has done bad things previously but the refusal to look for evidence and to have an independent inquiry is worrying. If the response to the assumption that there...

Report of the Fennelly Commission: Statements (12 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: Unlike Deputy Daly I did not read all of the report. I read less than half of it and that was tough going enough. I will not go over it all again. The scariest thing in what I read is that for me, sadly, things have not changed dramatically in how we do policing. There is still a serious lack of management in how the system operates and there is capacity for people to act without having...

Garda Commissioner: Motion [Private Members] (12 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: And with Deputy Tommy Broughan. I will take four minutes and the Deputies will take two minutes each. I start with the notion that Sinn Féin is politically motivated in bringing forward this motion. If we are to take that approach, every one of us will be accused of being politically motivated no matter what we bring before the House or say in here. I find it interesting that...

Other Questions: Military Aircraft Landings (12 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: The Minister probably heard about the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus in Germany last night. God knows what the motive was. While we could not believe any US President in our memory if he told us the time of day, given that President Trump is such a reckless loose cannon, how in God's name can the Minister tell us that it is okay to let military planes through and that there are no...

Reform of An Garda Síochána: Motion [Private Members] (11 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: The Garda Commissioner remains exclusively accountable to the Minister for Justice and Equality rather than to the Policing Authority. The Minister alone still has the power to issue directives to the Garda Commissioner. We cited ten reasons, in 2015 alone, as to why the Policing Authority was not fit for purpose but, sadly, Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fáil said otherwise. ...

Other Questions: Unemployment Levels (11 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: Listening to the Minister's reply, one would think that things are wonderful in Wexford. If things are improving so much, how can the live register still be at over 18%? Wexford is ranked the third most deprived county in the country. Why does Wexford have one of the worst illiteracy rates in the country? Why does it have one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the country? Why...

Other Questions: Unemployment Levels (11 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: It would be wonderful if there was investment put into Rosslare Port because there is an opportunity there to make things much better. The Minister mentioned road improvements. That is not the biggest demand in Wexford at the moment. A bypass is being built around New Ross. A bridge to deal with the traffic issue could have been built for a fraction of the price that the bypass will...

Other Questions: Unemployment Levels (11 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: 44. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the measures he is taking to address the unemployment rate in County Wexford (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17847/17]

Other Questions: Unemployment Levels (11 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: As we are told by members of the Government every second day, the national unemployment rate has dropped to 6.4%. The Government is slightly more sheepish about revealing the number of people on the live register in Wexford. Some 18% of the workforce in Wexford is on the live register, and that does not take into account the number of people in job activation programmes. I have raised...

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (6 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I thank the Minister of State, and Deputies Jonathan O'Brien, O'Callaghan and Clare Daly for their contributions. The Law Reform Commission thought we should address this problem six years ago. I would argue that we need it now more than ever. Ireland is a different place now than it was then. We borrowed over €60 billion to bail out the banks. We made the ordinary people foot the...

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (6 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: It is luck of the draw.

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (6 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: 19 December.

Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (6 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am well aware that the Bill is far from perfect. There are some clerical errors in it and Deputies can see that we did not include amendments that have been made since the 1957 Act which was a mistake on our part. It was mentioned to me that I might have a conflict of interest with the Bill, but given that there are 158 Deputies in the...

Other Questions: Institutes of Technology (5 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: 39. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to expand the Wexford branch of the Institute of Technology Carlow or to establish a new institute of technology in County Wexford, in order to deliver greater educational and training opportunities to students in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16541/17]

Other Questions: Institutes of Technology (5 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: Wexford has one of the highest rates of people with no primary education, at 18.5%, and there is a secondary school accommodation crisis even though we are building two schools at the moment. Some 21% of the population of Wexford have completed third level education, the joint second lowest rate in the country, lower than the average for the south east of 23% and far lower than the State...

Other Questions: Institutes of Technology (5 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: There is confusion as between the south east and Wexford because they are two different areas. The south east is probably one of the more deprived regions in the country but Wexford is the most deprived county in the south east. According to the Department's projection, there will be an increase of some 57,000 students seeking full-time education soon, which does not take into account...

Other Questions: Institutes of Technology (5 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: I am aware of the thinking of the day. The national strategy for higher education report of 2011 stated that any such move would reduce the diversity in the overall system and have a negative impact on its ability to respond to the country's innovation needs and development opportunities. I wonder if this thinking is driven by university league tables. The thinking the Minister is offering...

Other Questions: Institutes of Technology (5 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: All the work is in Dublin. There is no work in rural areas.

Other Questions: NAMA Operations (4 Apr 2017)

Mick Wallace: What kind of a society will we have when the Government of the day allows NAMA to sell housing to vulture funds for approximately half of their cost to build and there are more than 7,500 people homeless? Is there any chance that NAMA would play a stronger role? In any development that it is involved in, it is supposed to be delivering 10% social housing. Given that this is not enough,...

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