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Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage (26 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: As one who does not engage in betting online or offline, I found this debate fascinating.

Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage (26 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: No, it is not, at least not in our party. I was not present at the time but Deputy Barrett asked about the 2% duty provision. As I understand it, this is regarded as not required which is why it is being repealed. However, according to the answer provided to me, the opportunity of reintroducing it remains.

Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage (26 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: That is a valid comment but my understanding-----

Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage (26 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: -----is that it can be reintroduced. I shall make the Deputy's point to the Minister when I speak to him - in whatever capacity he may return to the Chamber.

Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage (26 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: The predominant part of the discussion since I came into the Chamber has concerned how to capture the online sector. As all of us know there is no doubt this sector has grown very dramatically in recent times. It is a very difficult area to capture. Obviously, provisions and arrangements will be made by regulation. We all accept that a regulatory framework must be put in place which will...

Human Rights Issues (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: The basis of the Deputy's question is that he attributes credibility to the WikiLeaks document. If Members have not read the Wikileaks document, it is interesting in that one of the authorities quoted on this is the Leader of Seanad √ɬČireann, a member of my party. As I said earlier to the Deputy, it is not credible to suggest that we could give more credibility to the conspiracy theory he is...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: As Deputies are aware, the direct Israeli-Palestinian talks were suspended shortly after they began in September, following Israel's refusal to extend its partial freeze on settlement construction. The United States, as the convenor of the talks, engaged in a period of intensive engagement with the parties, particularly Israel, to try to bring about a resumption of that freeze, and thus of...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I would not disagree with the Deputy. Given the impasse that has existed for some time, we need to look at alternative approaches. Given the assurances the Israeli people need on the issue of arms going in and the clear necessity for the Palestinian people to have a decent standard of living, we must look for an alternative approach, but the talks have dragged on. As I mentioned to the...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: The Deputy's points are well made. I am not sure it is a peacekeeping force that is required or whether it is a mixed police and customs force. The idea is worth exploring.

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I have been following recent events in Tunisia very closely, including the ousting of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January following widespread unrest due to popular discontent at extensive unemployment, corruption and repression. I condemn, in the strongest terms, the violent repression of the popular demonstrations which have taken place over the past month and I express...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: The situation is fluid. As the Deputy mentioned, some spectacular stories are being told in regard to the shocking habits of people associated with the outgoing regime and the movement of assets. There was no discussion of that specific issue at any of the meetings I attended. The recent decision by the Federal Supreme Court in Switzerland in relation to the movement of assets by the...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I do not disagree with anything the Deputy has said. The Deputy will be aware that I share his view on this matter. I hope to attend the meeting on 31 January at which I will reflect some of the concerns he has expressed.

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I agree. As in the case of agreements we have with Central and South America, within which there are human rights elements, as discussed on an earlier question, it is imperative the banking system within Europe is not used in the manner in which it has been historically used, from the time of the Holocaust and previously. It is an affront to civilisation that people who have been deprived...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: A raft of elections will be held over the next few months in Nigeria. The elections to the National Assembly will take place on 2 April, the residential elections are due to take place on 9 April 2011 and the gubernatorial and state legislature elections are due to take place on 16 April 2011. On 13 January 2011, the People's Democratic Party, Nigeria's largest political party and the party...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I dealt with the issue of violence in Jos, Nigeria, on the Adjournment in the Seanad last night. There has been significant violence in that area and while it looks to be purely Christian-Muslim violence, it is more complex than that. It is not about religious leadership; there are complex issues relating to land ownership and property. There has been widescale violence, the causes of...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I am not sure what the provisions are for overseas voting in Nigerian law. I do not have that information.

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: Yes. A number of countries have such a process, although we do not. We are all deeply involved, including the EU, in the general issue of the violence that flows from the sense that flawed elections are a denial of democracy because there is no point in going with a process that is a facade for fraud. I get the impression from material I have read that the INEC is making real efforts. With...

Foreign Conflicts (20 Jan 2011)

Dick Roche: I share the hope with Deputy Higgins that the welfare of the Nigerian people and that alone will be the sole concern of the election.

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