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Topical Issue Debate: UN Committees (4 May 2017)

Mick Wallace: .... Only two weeks before the Irish trade delegation landed in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Ambassador to the US, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal al Saud, was asked if Saudi Arabia would continue to use cluster bombs in Yemen. His answer was short but conveyed quite a bit about the Saudi Administration. His response was, "This is like the question, will you stop beating your wife?", before he let...

Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (25 Jan 2017)

Mick Wallace: 49. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the findings that Saudi Arabia has used cluster bombs in its recent bombardment of Yemen; if he has raised this issue with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, particularly in view of Ireland's work on the Convention on Cluster Munitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3041/17]

Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (25 Jan 2017)

Mick Wallace: In October, speaking about the success of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and Ireland's central role in its adoption, the Minister said, "A hundred countries are now parties to that convention and such is its success that even for those states that have refused to become parties to it, the use of cluster munitions has been so stigmatised that they will avoid or deny using them." In May...

Other Questions: Foreign Conflicts (25 Jan 2017)

Mick Wallace: We have diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and conduct trade with it. Am I to understand that the Minister has confronted Saudi Arabia on its use of cluster bombs in Yemen? Has Ireland condemned its military efforts in Yemen, where unbelievable atrocities are taking place? I am not so sure. Perhaps the Minister will get back to me on that. With the help of US weapons and...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions (Resumed): Military Aircraft (13 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: .... They were carrying class 1 liquid fuel explosives and rockets and class 1 explosives and rockets with bursting charges. I have heard Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael condemn the Russian use of cluster bombs in Aleppo. I condemn their use as well. Why in God's name are we allowing cluster bombs to go through our airspace to Saudi Arabia? The US is backing the Saudi mission in Yemen, a...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions (Resumed): Military Aircraft (13 Dec 2016)

Mick Wallace: ...in Shannon, three people testified under oath that they had seen weapons on board military planes. It is not rocket science. If we were neutral, we would not only condemn the Russians for using cluster bombs or engaging in war crimes, we would criticise everyone who engages in war crimes. However, we do not do so. We are taking sides. Only recently, a leaked document has shown that...

An Bille um an gCúigiú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Neodracht) 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] - Thirty-Fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (24 Nov 2016)

Mick Wallace: ...from the US. God knows how many people they killed. On 20 May 2014, we allowed missile parts to be flown through Ireland on the way to the United Arab Emirates. On 15 and 16 November 2014, cluster bombs, a brutal instrument of war that Ireland helped to get banned years ago, were given permission to go to our trade partner Saudi Arabia. Both of these brutally authoritarian regimes...

Calais Migrant Camp: Statements (2 Nov 2016)

Mick Wallace: ...did we help to create? The unaccompanied minors in Calais did not choose to be refugees. They would rather be living in their communities in their own countries. On 15 and 16 November 2014, cluster bombs - a brutal instrument of war that Ireland helped to get banned years ago - were given permission to go to our trade partners, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis, supported by the US, have...

Syrian Conflict: Statements (20 Oct 2016)

Mick Wallace: The US has delivered cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, some of them through Shannon Airport, to be used in Yemen. The bombs are still legal in the US, but it has different laws. There is international law and American law and they are very different. When will we take a neutral position? We cannot stay silent when one side is doing something bad and wait until the other side does...

Topical Issue Debate: Syrian Conflict (13 Oct 2016)

Mick Wallace: ...As our trade partner Saudi Arabia, and friends, continue to do daily war crimes in Yemen, indiscriminately killing civilians with tanks, combat aircraft, air to ground missiles, white phosphorous and cluster bombs, sold to them by the United States, Deputies say nothing. The Russians followed in to Syria - about one year after the French and US involvement - in order to boost their friend...

European Council: Statements (19 Jan 2016)

Mick Wallace: ...coalition is doing there. The Minister of State probably does not remember but a few weeks after Obama was awarded the Nobel peace prize, he ordered a cruise missile strike in Yemen complete with cluster bombs. It ended the lives of 35 women and children, none of whose humanity was acknowledged in virtually any western media reports. Last year the marketplace in Fayoush in Yemen...

Other Questions: Military Aircraft Landings (11 Nov 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...details of flights that have come through Shannon and overflights during the past year. On 15 November 2014 and 16 November 2014, explosives and rockets with bursting charges, which are probably cluster bombs, went to Saudi Arabia. That is a war front. Amnesty International has highlighted recently the terrible atrocities and war crimes taking place daily in Yemen. Munitions are being...

Other Questions: Human Rights Issues (4 Nov 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...to Saudi Arabia. We found out under a freedom of information request that those planes were carrying class 1 explosives, rockets, liquid fuel and rockets with bursting charges, possibly for the making of cluster bombs which are regarded as illegal. For all we know, because we do not search the planes, there are cluster bombs coming through Shannon. We do not know what is on the military...

European Council: Statements (20 Oct 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...created every hour there but no one seems to be interested. The United States and United Kingdom are giving munitions and logistical support to those concerned. The United States is selling to the Saudi-led forces cluster bombs, which are banned in most countries. It is selling cluster bombs to drop and US-made fighter planes are being used to drop them, and we are okay with that. We...

EU Council Decisions on Measures in the Area of International Protection: Motions (1 Oct 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...requests, got the statistics on the planes coming through Shannon Airport last year. There are planes going through the airport from America to Saudi Arabia with all kinds of arms and most likely cluster bombs, which are being used in Yemen. We are allowing Shannon Airport to be used by the American Government and the arms industry to bring arms to the Middle East region to cause havoc....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Convention on Cluster Munitions (14 Jul 2015)

Mick Wallace: 106. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the recent reports of Saudi Arabia using United States of America-supplied cluster munitions in its air strikes in Yemen, particularly in view of Ireland's profile on the banning of such weapons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28400/15]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: UN Conventions (19 May 2015)

Mick Wallace: 35. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the recent use of cluster munitions by Saudi Arabia, in its airstrikes against Yemen, as reported by Human Rights Watch, particularly in view of our stated commitment to the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19309/15]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: National Pensions Reserve Fund Investments (12 May 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...Fund to divest from all companies involved in the production of nuclear weapons, expanding on the current prohibited securities list which obliges the fund to avoid investment in manufacturers of cluster munitions or anti-personnel mines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18552/15]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Arms Trade (12 May 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...Department for Finance, regarding the introduction of a legal prohibition on the investment of public money in the manufacturers of nuclear weapons, similar to those currently in place, regarding cluster munitions and anti-personnel mines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18551/15]

Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (7 May 2015)

Mick Wallace: ...terrorist organisations. The Irish Government does not seem to have any problem with them. This week, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has been condemned by Human Rights Watch for dropping banned cluster bombs manufactured and supplied by the US on civilian areas in Yemen. Ireland signed and ratified this treaty in December 2008. We are widely considered to have been a driving force in...

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