Wallace, Mick

Friday, 6 March 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Thirty-fourth Amendment to the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2013: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry in response to the incredible contribution we have just heard the Minister make. This and previous Governments dating back to 1999 have been disingenuous...More Button

The idea that Ireland is a neutral state has zero credibility. The Minister stated we are committed to the ideal of peace and choose to remain neutral. This statement is incorrect because we ha...More Button

About a year ago, I was involved in an argument in a pub in Ennis when a man got mad with me for raising issues about the US military's use of Shannon Airport. I asked him if he realised how man...More Button

The Minister may recall that I did not once interrupt him during his 20 minute speech.More Button

We are eager to engage companies providing foreign direct investment, most of which are from the United States, which is proper order. I do not have a problem with that because it is great that ...More Button

The Minister did make such a link. I will send him a copy of his remarks.More Button

How in God's name can the Minister claim that Shannon Airport is not being used by aeroplanes engaged in military exercises? What would be the point of these flights coming through Shannon Airport...More Button

Deputy Clare Daly and I are forbidden from discussing the issues arising from our court case because it is ongoing and we will be before the court again next Tuesday. However, we will have much ...More Button

It is not true, as the Minister claims, that we have facilitated the US military at Shannon Airport for 50 years. Game-changing moments occurred in 1999 and 2003 when the then Taoiseach, Mr. Ber...More Button

  There are too many aspects to this issue and I do not have enough time to deal with all of them. However, I want to touch on the Costa Rican aspect, as described by a barrister from Co...More Button

Report on Penal Reform: Motion (Continued)

We should accept that prisons do not work and we should look at the alternatives. I will not go through the statistics but we are well aware our prisons are full of poor people who were disadvanta...More Button

The opening speaker referred to Cork Prison and how horrendous it is. Although I have not been in it, I believe him. It is disappointing that we are not looking at single cell occupancy in Cork...More Button

There are many other people in prison for not paying fines and sending them to prison is ludicrous.

  I am a strong believer in community service. People should not be able to b...More Button

Deputy Finian McGrath will not leak it anyway. I challenge any other Member to race him to the plinth.More Button

Community service makes sense as it brings people back to basics, keeps them in touch with reality and is a far more productive way of dealing with someone who has infringed the law rather than put...More Button

It would be good if we could close prisons. The Minister of State mentioned America and it is fitting that he did so. It has become a joke in America, with more than 2 million people in prison....More Button

Some people cannot be controlled and cannot behave themselves. We must curtail their activities through imprisoning them. Aside from those people, there is no logical reason for most people to ...More Button