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O'Sullivan, Maureen

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

European Defence Capabilities

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the remit of the European peace facility, EPF; the way in which it will be financed; and the way in which it will contribute to conflict prevention and peace building. More Button

How will the EPF be financed and how will it contribute to conflict prevention and peace building?More Button

People could be forgiven for thinking that this is part of the increasing militarisation agenda in Europe and the growing pressure to have a European army, but there is no doubt that there has been...More Button

There is some positivity in the Minister of State's reply. From what he said, it sounds like some countries were testing the water to see whether the proposal would be supported. Those who have c...More Button

In the context of the multi-annual financial framework, MFF, questions arise around the EPF's financing. The same applies in respect of decision making. From the little I have read, the decisio...More Button

European Defence Capabilities (Continued)

I hope that those who are strongly against it will be very vocal in their opposition, particularly if the European Parliament will not be involved.More Button

A Better World: Ireland's Policy for International Development: Statements (Continued)

At a time when there is a lot of criticism of Government policies regarding housing, health and special education, the area of development aid presents a much more positive view of the Government. ...More Button

The figures from 2017 indicate that five EU countries contribute 0.7% of gross national income or more to international aid. We got to 0.59% in 2008 before the proportion went down in the years ...More Button

The annual report from Irish Aid is very good. It gives us the facts and figures of that bilateral aid so we know exactly where it is going. We do get the figures on multilateral aid and I know...More Button

I have to ask how much time the Dáil and the Seanad has given to discussing development aid apart from the work of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence. In February 2018...More Button

In preparing our review, we met many NGOs and received many submissions. We met ambassadors and academics and we visited Malawi and Mozambique. The report was very clear and focused. The recom...More Button

We see the need for it because, otherwise, we would be hypocrites of the highest order. Some of the challenges are greater than others. We know that climate change is a challenge. Conflict leadi...More Button

Members of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence get to meet many human rights defenders who include lawyers, teachers, farmers and trade unionists. They tell us about th...More Button

The figures for the land lost to communities are staggering. Access to the judicial system does not mean getting justice. We can be a strong voice in supporting Trócaire's call for a legally bi...More Button

We know the statistics, that millions are in need of humanitarian assistance, that millions die from preventable and treatable diseases, that millions with disabilities are trying to cope and tha...More Button

The facts show that, globally, the losses as a result of corporate tax avoidance and evasion are immense. One estimate is that the losses globally amount to $500 billion annually. The multinati...More Button

A recent report on Africa noted that $30 billion was invested in overseas development assistance, but, on the other hand, $192 billion is moved out through profits made by multinationals, illegal...More Button

I attended the launch of A Better World and heard the speeches made by the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister of State, Deputy Cannon. They were very strong statements about our values and...More Button

The last chapter in A Better World is about doing things differently. I will finish with a quotation that I love. It is from Fr. Joseph Wresinski who founded All Together in Dignity – Fourth Wo...More Button

Treatment of Cancer (Advertisements) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I acknowledge the extent of work that goes into a Private Members' Bill, for the Member, the Member's staff and also for the Oireachtas staff. With the advances made in cancer treatment, cancer is...More Button

Looking at the overall picture, while I know that this Bill is pursuing one specific aim, it is important that other points are made. I would not share the confidence that the pharmaceutical ind...More Button

Defence Forces Veterans

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: his views on the frustration and disappointment of veterans and their families over the issues surrounding the awarding of certain medals to those who fought in the Jadotville battle; and if he wil...More Button

Naval Service Operations

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: further to Parliamentary Question No. 70 of 2 April 2019, if a coherent plan will be ensured for migrants after rescue which has not been the case with Operation Sophia for future missions by the D...More Button

Job Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if the Seetec service is the most relevant service for professional actors.More Button