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Wallace, Mick

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Water Charges Introduction (Continued)

The Minister keeps talking about the inferior system and blames the previous Government for doing nothing about it. Would it not have been better business for the Government to fix the leaks in th...More Button

A company is installing Irish Water meters. Does the Minister have any concerns that the subcontractors working for the main company pay their workers below the rate? Is it a concern for the St...More Button

Semi-State Bodies Privatisation

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he has received correspondence from the European Commission regarding the privatisation of water services here; if he will publish any such correspondence; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Given that the Government is due to finalise water charges soon, will the Minister confirm whether he or any other member of the Cabinet has received correspondence from the European Commission reg...More Button

I was referring to a letter to which the Corporate Europe Observatory body gained access. It was from Olli Rehn's office to the Greek Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change.More Button

Olli Rehn's office in the European Commission wrote to the Greek Minister. He stated:More Button

What is the Minister's personal position regarding the idea of privatising Irish Water? Does he believe it would be a good or a bad idea?More Button

In his initial reply, the Minister stated it is illegal for the European Commission to take a position on this matter but it has done so. In addition, it has put pressure on both the Italians and ...More Button

Part of the treaty was designed to facilitate the privatisation of public services. The Minister probably can tell me that it will not be privatised during his time-----More Button

-----because he probably will be going to sunnier climates soon-----More Button

-----but I find it hard to credit. I refer to the entire idea behind not giving the local authorities the money to improve the water infrastructure but instead parcelling it all up into a nice lit...More Button

The dogs in the street suspect that the next Government will privatise Irish Water.More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this issue for debate. The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Deputy Ciarán Cannon, knows that the role of special needs assista...More Button

A Wexford mother, Jane Johnstone, who has two children with autism in Scoil Mhuire in Wexford and who is a long-time campaigner for the rights of those with disabilities, told me that the circula...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing (Continued)

I recognise that the supply of money is not unlimited. The Minister of State has indicated that the level of funding has been maintained but the survey published by the joint managerial body, JMB,...More Button

Building Regulations Compliance

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will consider including architectural technologists on the list of registers identified under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button