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Other Questions: Homeless Persons Supports (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: My question was before Deputy Jan O'Sullivan's question.

Other Questions: Homeless Persons Supports (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Questions Nos. 14 and 16 were grouped. The Minister is trying to make out that RAS and the HAP are as secure as locally authority-built social housing.

Other Questions: Homeless Persons Supports (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: I heard the Minister say it to Deputy Boyd Barrett. I am glad the Minister is not saying it. I know the Minister is probably tired of hearing this but the dependence on the private rental sector to provide homes to people in the long term is not as good a proposition as local authority-built social housing. The truth is that more and more people will need social housing because they will...

Other Questions: Approved Housing Bodies (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Could we just change the rules? It is taking nine minutes a question. If we changed the rules, we could live with it.

Other Questions: Private Rented Accommodation Standards (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: 12. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the immediate measures his Department is taking to improve the enforcement of standards in the private rental sector and the standardisation of the reporting of compliance and resolutions by local authorities in response to recent reports in a newspaper (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...

Other Questions: Private Rented Accommodation Standards (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: My question is on the enforcement of standards in the private rental sector and the standardisation of the reporting of compliance and resolutions by local authorities. The National Oversight and Audit Commission's private rental sector review of 2014 showed that six local authorities reported 100% failure rates in regard to minimum standards of inspected private rental properties....

Other Questions: Private Rented Accommodation Standards (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: I am glad changes are coming, although I do not understand why it is being postponed until 2018. To highlight the problem, I note that in 2013, Wexford County Council inspected 1,075 private rented properties, but in 2015, it was 240 properties, and in 2016, it was 201. It just does not have the staff. There is a problem in regard to exactly who is going to inspect the properties, whether...

Other Questions: Private Rented Accommodation Standards (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: We can agree that the lack of enforcement up to now has been a big problem.

Other Questions: Private Rented Accommodation Standards (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Likewise, people say we do not have good regulation for building in Ireland. I keep saying we have powerful regulation for building in Ireland but we do not enforce it. The lack of enforcement is killing us and is having a big impact on the quality of the units that are delivered. The Minister referred to the different supply but I believe he is missing the point. He is talking about...

Other Questions: Local Authority Housing (23 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: We are up to nine minutes per question.

Establishment of a Tribunal of Inquiry: Motion (16 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Will the judge have the power to initiate a criminal investigation to run in parallel if he sees fit to do so?

Establishment of a Tribunal of Inquiry: Motion (16 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: I welcome the terms of reference. I want to put on the record the fact that I appreciate the Tánaiste's decision to include the other whistleblowers, which I have been calling for for a long time. The terms of reference refer to "any other matters that the tribunal considers should be drawn to the attention of the Houses of the Oireachtas at the time of the report." I feel, and maybe...

Confidence in Government: Motion (15 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: I am sure it is not easy being in government and I am sure we would not find it easy either. At the same time, we would be dishonest if we were to say that we had confidence in the Taoiseach's Government. The lack of fairness during the past six years and the failure to deal honestly with corruption in the hierarchy of An Garda Síochána and NAMA are too striking. However, this...

US Executive Order on Immigration: Statements (15 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Trump is certainly a fascinating development and the level of media attention for his actions is probably unprecedented. His actions are so erratic, vulgar and tactless that the public is finally paying attention to things that have been going on for years, but under the watch of more polished and less transparent politicians. As a result of legal challenges in the US against Trump's...

US Executive Order on Immigration: Statements (15 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: All right.

US Executive Order on Immigration: Statements (15 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Okay. The lack of honesty in politics is not rare and it is not confined to Trump. We have helped the American military to bomb Afghanistan for 15 years through facilitating them at Shannon Airport. We are horrified that Trump is introducing a ban on Muslims going to America - it is terrible - but what does it say about us that when Obama was bombing the living daylights out of the same...

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: My first question is to the Minister, Deputy Zappone. I commend her on her contribution. It struck me as being honest. Rian Counselling made a report on 9 August 2013, which turned out to be the false report. It rectified the matter, or amended it, on 14 May 2014. Does the Minister know the personnel involved on both ends on each occasion in August 2013 and May 2014? Is she aware of the...

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: From the information the Minister can recall, is there any indication there may have been any interference on the part of An Garda Síochána in any way, as far as she knows?

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: I will ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the same question. Is she aware of any potential interference on the part of An Garda Síochána on either end of those two different correspondences? We are speaking about 9 August 2013, when a report was made to Tusla which made the false allegation about Maurice McCabe, and then the amended report on 14 May 2014. My question is...

Leaders' Questions (14 Feb 2017)

Mick Wallace: Where has it been in the past two weeks?

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