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Wallace, Mick

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Defence Forces Records

Asked the Minister for Defence: in relation to the recently announced recruitment campaign for the Defence Forces, if he will be reviewing the admissibility criteria in relation to the visibility of tattoos; if there will be an a...More Button

I understand the rule with regard to the visibility of neck tattoos was introduced in 2012. Will the Minister consider reviewing it? Is an appeals mechanism in place for individuals refused entry...More Button

I am referring specifically to the case of Lee Walker from Wexford town. Originally, he passed the test in Cork but did not make the final list at the time. When he went for the test last year he...More Button

I realise that regulations and rules are in place, and he is probably outside the timeframe. An exception was made when Dave O'Riordan appealed in October or November of 2012 and he was allowed ...More Button

I thank the Minister. I received a letter from Lee Walker and if it is okay with the Minister I will forward it to him.More Button

I thank the Minister.More Button

Defence Forces Operations

Asked the Minister for Defence: the reason Defence forces personnel were stationed in front of US warplanes at Shannon airport on 22 February 2014 and 2 March 2014; and if any inspections of the aircraft took place.More Button

Defence Forces Operations (Continued)

It is difficult for us to know if the airport is being used at all times in an appropriate manner when we do not search the aircraft. It defies all rationality that we assume that what the America...More Button

Between Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Somalia and Iraq, there is much illegal activity that we have facilitated. This breaches our neutrality, although we have not signed the Hague document. We s...More Button

We know no military aircraft has been checked, despite the fact that the Government jet, when used by the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, was searched at Dulles Airport in Washington a while back. T...More Button

Defence Forces Properties

Asked the Minister for Defence: in view of the fact that the surveying, listing and ongoing monitoring of protected buildings in the Defence property portfolio falls within the remit of the local authority, the number of meetings...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the position regarding the progress of the technical assessment of dwellings in the Curragh Camp; when the report is expected; if he will convene a multi-departmental meeting with representatives o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide an update on the technical assessment of the Curragh Camp dwellings; if he will consider organising a cross-departmental meeting to include the Department of the Environment, Com...More Button

EU Battle Groups

Asked the Minister for Defence: further to Parliamentary Question No.12 of 6 February 2014, relating to Ireland's participation in EU battle groups, his views on whether the triple lock has been substantially weakened by the Defe...More Button

Overseas Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: the position regarding the withdrawal of the seven Army personnel remaining with the NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan, in view of the fact that most other European countries have withdrawn their tro...More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in view of allegations that more than 40 Traveller families, including a Traveller baby, were registered on the PULSE system, if he will set out in detail the specific enquiries he has made and ass...More Button

Departmental Investigations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will confirm that he will extend the terms of reference of the section 42 inquiry into the Roma children controversy to now include an examination of Garda racial profiling practices and any ...More Button

Equality Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps he has taken to address the findings regarding Garda racial profiling as set out in the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance report of February 2013; and if, in accordance with t...More Button

Planning Issues

Asked the Minister for Defence: if planning permission was sought to demolish dwellings at the Curragh Camp as required by Schedule 2, Part (1), class 50 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001; and if not, the reason fo...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Defence: the circumstances in which deductions are made from the gratuity or pension of former serving soldiers in relation to outstanding payments for rent or ESB on Defence Forces dwellings; and the legis...More Button