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Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution: Statements (17 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: I commend the Minister on his speech. I commend the work of the committee and the Citizens' Assembly. I was critical of the Government's decision to delegate these deliberations to the Citizens' Assembly. While I believe that any Government worth its salt should have taken responsibility itself for ending Ireland's cruel and degrading treatment of women, I respect the work done and...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Regional Development (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: As I pointed out to the Minister of State, Deputy Kyne, the 2014 internal document from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform pointed out Pobal had not produced evidence to show how it had specifically promoted social inclusion or countered disadvantage through the implementation of its programmes. It is not the Minister of State's fault. However, as Deputy Browne pointed out,...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Regional Development (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: The Minister should try the back roads.

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Charities Regulation (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: I do not know how Pobal operates. I am wondering whether the Government knows either. Does it offer value for money? An internal document from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, dated August 2014, states, "In particular, Pobal has not produced evidence to show how it specifically has promoted social inclusion or countered disadvantage through the implementation of...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Charities Regulation (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: 52. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he is satisfied that the legislation governing the Charities Regulatory Authority is robust with regard to enforcement against certain bodies identifying as charities that may be in breach of the Charities Act 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1783/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Charities Regulation (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: I welcome the Minister on this, his first opportunity to answer questions. This question relates to the Charities Regulatory Authority which I understand is within the Minister's remit. Charities have come under some scrutiny in recent years, but much more transparency and accountability are required. Is the Minister satisfied that the regulator is capable of holding charities to account?...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Charities Regulation (16 Jan 2018)

Mick Wallace: We have a serious problem with some organisations that identify as charities when sometimes clearly they are something quite different. Let us take the example of Pobal. It has annual expenditure of more than €450 million. It is a private wing of the Government which was set up to provide administrative services and distribute payments for various Departments. It even states on its...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: -----to seek Government help because it did not materialise into anything worthwhile and actually placed restrictions on the individual as to how he would start his company and run it for the first few years. There is not enough help for indigenous industry in Ireland. If there were, it would be good for small communities. It would be good for small communities if we changed our mind about...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: It is all related. I live in rural Ireland. The Leas-Cheann Comhairle refers to traffic. If a village is on the wane, it is not attractive for any transport company to service it. If there is no transport in or out of it, no one can go anywhere. Are we just going to carry on as if this will work itself out or is it possible we might get a Government that will some day say that things...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: Ireland is an unusual country.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: There is a lot of different legislation going through the House at different times and for different reasons. Neither I nor any other Member believe that people should be allowed to drive when over the blood alcohol limit. To do so is indefensible. No Member would try to defend such behaviour because that would be unfair to those who may suffer because of it. It is positive that a practice...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: Speaking of charges, there needs to be a reform of the system. It lacks consistency in how search and retrieval fees are estimated or applied across various State bodies or Departments under FOI. Certain Departments are looking to charge crazy fees and it acts as a deterrent. Even though the Minister is telling me that the numbers are up, I would like to see what exactly is being...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: Another area worth looking at is the recording of records. Neither the FOI Act nor the National Archives Act 1986, which covers Departments' records, specifically require Departments or State bodies to make records in the first place. We now have a situation where civil servants are recording less and less and are not taking minutes of meetings all the time or notes of calls. I was...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: The previous Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, gave permission for NAMA to destroy information a year after staff had left. Would the Minister consider looking at that, if he was not aware of it? I get the impression from the Minister's previous reply that he thinks information should be on record. It is in the public interest that it is available. NAMA is a public body. Would the...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: 9. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself with the functioning of the freedom of information system in place under the Freedom of Information Act 2014; if he will consider amending section 44 of the Act to confer power on the Minister to instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operations of the Act; and if he will make a...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: 18. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself that section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 is functioning properly; if all agencies that come under freedom of information legislation following the Act are applying fees and charges for FOI requests in an open and transparent manner; if guidelines are issued to the agencies with regard to...

Other Questions: Freedom of Information Legislation (14 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: The questions relate to the current freedom of information legislation. Is the Minister satisfied that the legislation is functioning properly? Will the Minister consider amending section 44 of the Act so that he can instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operation of the Act? My interactions with numerous freedom of information departments, State bodies and...

European Council Meeting: Statements (13 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: Yes. Would Deputy O'Sullivan like to go first? I do not mind.

European Council Meeting: Statements (13 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: The Lisbon treaty provides that a group of member states can strengthen their co-operation in defence matters by setting up a permanent structured co-operation, which is known as PESCO. When we pointed out that there was not nearly enough debating time on this matter and that the public is not aware of it, the Government pointed out that as the provision was in the Lisbon treaty, it has been...

Other Questions: Syrian Conflict (13 Dec 2017)

Mick Wallace: The western powers, with the prompting of Saudi Arabia and Israel, wanted regime change and interference has made the situation in Syria 100 times worse than it would have been without external interference. The centre for Syrian studies at the University of St. Andrews has stated that the reduction in living standards and aid dependency as a result of the sanctions is empowering the regime...

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