Woods, Michael

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs Debate


Business of Joint Committee.

Apologies have been received from Deputy Allen. I thank everyone for attending today. I ask members and those in the public gallery to ensure their mobile phones are switched off completely for t...More Button

Global Response to HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Discussion with UN.

The next item on the agenda is a discussion with Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. I welcome the delegation to today’s meeting, which is a...More Button

Before we commence, I draw attention to the fact that while members of the committee have absolute privilege in respect of utterances made in committee, the same privilege does not apply to witness...More Button

It is our great pleasure this afternoon to welcome to Ireland and to our meeting Dr. Peter Piot. Dr. Piot is the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and is here to...More Button

Dr. Piot has served in his position since the establishment of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in 1995 and under his leadership the programme has become the chief advocate for worldwide ...More Button

The global statistics on HIV and AIDS are shocking. A total of 39.5 million people were living with HIV in 2006. That figure continues to grow at an alarming rate. It represents an increase of 2...More Button

Sub-Saharan Africa is worst affected by this epidemic. Two thirds of all adults and children in the world with HIV live in that region. The impact of the epidemic on weak and vulnerable societies...More Button

In face of these facts international governments have a clear obligation to take every action possible to combat this epidemic and ease the plight of victims. Ireland is strongly committed to the ...More Button

I call on Dr. Piot to make his presentation to the committee.More Button

Thank you, Dr. Piot, for the informative presentation. Time does not allow for a great deal more, but you are on top of the situation. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is truly shocking and presents a great...More Button

It is shocking that there has been a 50% increase in this disease in eastern Europe and Asia between 2004 and 2006. That is a warning to all of us. We are aware of much of the work of missionarie...More Button

It is now almost 3.15 p.m. While Deputy Carey was most anxious to contribute, he has been obliged to leave. He is also joint chairman of the British-Irish Interparliamentary Body and consequently...More Button

There are a number of significant issues, including feminisation and many matters that flow from it. Members encountered high rates of incidence among teachers and this was highly disappointing be...More Button

I thank Dr. Piot for his contribution. We realise the limitations on his time. What he said rings many bells with us, as we have been going through similar processes in examining how the virus is...More Button

Dr. Piot did not mention TB-related illness. I would be interested to hear his view on it.More Button

We had similar problems in Ireland during the war and in the post-war period. You are correct that it has largely been forgotten now. In fact, many medical people would not recognise it in practi...More Button

I thank Dr. Piot, Mr. Ussing and Ms Brennan, and Dr. O’Neill of Irish Aid. You can be assured of our support for your work.More Button

Sitting suspended at 3.36 p.m. and resumed at 3.38 p.m.More Button

Denial of the Holocaust: Motion.

No. 3 on the agenda is two motions tabled by Deputy Michael D. Higgins for today’s meeting. One motion relates to the denial of the Holocaust and the second to the proposed US/India nuclear ...More Button

It is clear that there is total agreement on the motion. We must never forget man’s inhumanity to man, as so savagely illustrated by the Holocaust. The proceedings at the conference were un...More Button

I must now seek the agreement of the committee to make a report to both Houses. Is that agreed? Agreed.More Button

Proposed US-India Nuclear Agreement: Motion.

I must point out that the last sentence is an addition to the original text of the motion.More Button

No; it calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to take on board the committee’s support for the treaty in any future negotiations on the matter.More Button

Please allow Senator Mooney to conclude.More Button

Deputy Mulcahy asked if Deputy Michael D. Higgins would amend the words “on any basis, exceptional or general”. Is the Deputy prepared to do so? The motion would then read: “not supporting or fac...More Button

Deputy Higgins has agreed to this.More Button

Is the motion, as amended, agreed to? Agreed.More Button

Motion, as amended, agreed to.More Button

The joint committee went into private session at 4.50 p.m. and adjourned at 4.55 p.m. sine die.More Button