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I also think it is a disgrace that the Minister is not here. It is more game playing. He said that the crisis is not of his making, or rather, the crises, and I agree with him but his handling of them has been disastrous, defensive and has lacked any appetite for truth, transparency or accountability. We have spent 18 months dealing with one issue after another, pointing out the fact that he has had no appetite for the truth. This place is disconnected from the real world. Fine Gael and Labour Deputies will get up and vote confidence in the Minister tonight, saying "sure, everything is grand; isn't everything grand". There are not many people who live outside of this place who think that everything is grand. It is a joke; it really is - what they are standing over with the Minister. It has been one sham after another - penalty points, the internal reports, the Roma children, pretending there is no racial profiling, pretending there is no bugging of GSOC, with one weak report after another. Eventually, one public inquiry was set up in the end because the information will come out soon enough anyway. The people do not believe that the Minister has any credibility. The Taoiseach is now backing him 100% and he is losing credibility as well because he is standing over the indefensible. Why did this Government say that it was interested in transparency and accountability? Why did it say that it was interested in doing politics differently, when it is not? It is more of the same. Is anything ever going to change? As long as the Deputies opposite defend the Minister, they are just part of everything that has gone before them. It is a joke.  

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Mick Wallace and Clare Daly support the open later signed by Academics, Union activists and elected representatives. The decision of Aer Lingus to take this action against SIPTU official, Dermot O’ Loughlin, is grossly unfair and undemocratic. We have spoken in the Dáil on numerous occasions of late, on the negotiations presently taking place regarding the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the US and The European Union. The central trust of the TTIP is the erosion of worker conditions and rights and bears a strong resemblance to the present Aer Lingus action. This is a dangerous path and represents a serious threat to all workers. It is also disconcerting that the TTIP has received so little honest coverage in the mainstream media to date. We endorse the open letter which offers support to Dermot O’ Loughlin and SIPTU. Mick Wallace Clare Daly Open Letter: The decision of Aer Lingus to seek damages against SIPTU and a named official, Dermot o Loughlin, represents a major threat to the trade unions. The Minister for Finance has a 25 percent stake in the company and the government should oppose this move. Workers in Aer LIngus and the Dublin Airport Authority have a legitimate grievance concerning their pensions. They have a right to demand that their companies pay more into the pension fund. In a free and democratic society, they also have a right to take industrial action to pursue these demands. The High Court’s injunction to prevent them striking shows that the legal rights granted to Irish workers are restricted. While corporations gain ever more freedom, workers face ever more legal obstacles. The decision of Aer Lingus, however, to go one step further and sue SIPTU for damages for a strike that never took place represents a dangerous new development. The company is claiming that SIPTU and Dermot O Loughlin entered into a ‘conspiracy’ against them and that they breached a contract. The targeting of Dermot O Loughlin is particularly ominous as it is an attempt personally intimidate a union officials and, by extension, elected shop stewards in the future. Dermot O Loughlin was a representative of a group of workers and, by no stretch of the imagination, acted in an individual capacity. Summoning him personally for damages caused by talk of a strike is therefore patently absurd. If taken to its logical conclusion, it would deprive worker representatives of the right to free speech as a company had only to claim that the mere threat of industrial action lost them business.We call on all, trade unionists and all parties who claim to represent the interest of workers to come together to oppose these moves.   We declare that if any attempt is made to single out a particular union official or to inflict massive costs on a major union, we shall call for massive protests to show the depth of workers opposition to these legal manoeuvres to prevent people fighting for pension security

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PRESS STATEMENT RE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE PROPOSED GARDA INQUIRY RE GARDA TAPES & WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGATIONS RE AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION OF TRAVELLERS ON PULSE

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Mick Wallace TD, Clare Daly TD

We welcome the Government announcement to set up the first properly constituted Inquiry under the Commissions of Investigations Act 2004 into the latest Garda controversy. However we await with interest the publication of fuller and clearer details by the Minister.  This must include the Acting Garda Commissioner’s internal report into this long-standing Garda practice, the advice of the Senior Counsel referred to by the Minister, and the conclusions and report of the Working group that first met in November 2013 to discuss these issues. Clearly there may be widespread and far-reaching implications within the Courts system if the admissibility of Garda evidence in any convictions is now in question.   We have already today seen the adjournment of a trial in the Special Criminal Court as a direct result. Following the publication by the Minister of these details above, and in light of the gravity of this most recent issue, it is our belief that the proposed Terms of Reference must be debated and settled in the House on a basis of cross-party co-operation. To begin with and at a minimum, these Terms of Reference must include an examination of the role and knowledge of the Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s office and the Minister (s) of Justice – in addition to the role of the Garda Siochana. We echo the call of the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) to incorporate within the Terms of this Inquiry the three reviews into Garda controversies set up in recent weeks on a weak and non-statutory basis and without powers of compellability including; (i)                  Justice Cooke’s paper review into GSOC bugging issues (ii)                Sean Guerin SC review into the dossier of Whistleblowers’ allegations submitted to the Taoiseach (iii)               The referral to the Justice Committee of the issues of legislative reform of GSOC and Garda oversight We also believe that the current restrictive terms of (i) (ii) and (iii) be extended. Finally, we believe the Terms of Reference of the proposed Inquiry should also include an examination of the Garda Whistleblower allegations regarding a Garda racial profiling practice of automatically and without foundation, registering the details of Travellers on the PULSE system, including babies and children. This alleged Garda practice of automatic Traveller registration on PULSE has never been fully or satisfactorily addressed by the Taoiseach or the Minister amidst the various Garda controversies that have arisen.   See below text of our letter dated 12th March to the Minister in this regard to which we have yet to receive a substantive response. When we first attempted to raise this issue of racial profiling in the House in October 2013, Minister Shatter’s personal response was that “The Deputies are a disgrace” and his only substantive response to our repeated attempts (see Notes) to raise this within the Dail chamber has been to state that he is satisfied with the Garda Commissioner’s assurances that no racial profiling takes place and that in any event, this would be an “operational matter” for the Gardai. ENDS For more information contact Mick Wallace on 016183287 or Clare Daly on 016183390. Notes to the editor: We now attach; (1)    text of copy letter which we sent to the Minister regarding the Traveller-PULSE issue on the 12th March 2014 (2)    links to various parliamentary questions tabled and various attempts to raise this issue within the Dail eg as topical issue (3)    Text of response to written questions received today, not yet available online.   Letter from Ceann Comhairle’s office disallowing certain elements of those questions also attached. (1) Minister Shatter Department Of Justice & Equality 12th March 2014

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Dublin 2   Re:     Terms of Reference of Review by Sean Guerin SC of the Whistleblower’s Allegations, Garda Prejudice Against Travellers, the Roma Children Inquiry, & Law Reform regarding racial profiling practices. Dear Minister, We refer to the above matter.  You will be aware of the allegations of one of the Garda Whistleblowers alleging that 40 Traveller families were entered on the Garda PULSE system including a baby of 16 days old and that these registrations on PULSE were made as a matter of course and without any proper foundation, criminal or otherwise. We note the contents of the Irish Traveller Movement’s press release on Monday 3rd March.    1.       Please now confirm that you will arrange for the immediate extension of the Terms of Reference of Mr. Sean Guerin’s review to include these allegations. Although we are well aware that not all of the entries on PULSE are necessarily criminal ones, the Whistleblowers’ allegations clearly and specifically claim that these entries were made in a criminal context and that a criminal intelligence number was ascribed to Travellers as a matter of course.  The Whistleblower has further alleged that Senior Gardai encouraged these practices and that prejudice against Travellers is endemic in the Garda Siochana.  As Minister for Justice and Equality, we assume you are equally concerned by such allegations – which you were made aware of by email in December 2012, to which you replied 5 days later confirming that you were satisfied that there was no evidence in this regard.    2.       Please update us as to the specific enquiries you have made and assurances you have received from the Garda Commissioner and the steps you and he have taken in this regard since December 2012. Although you have set out previously in the House that you are satisfied with the Garda Commissioner’s assurances that racial profiling does not exist within the Garda Siochana, the evidence is mounting that this is not the case and we believe you should re-examine your position in this regard; For example, ENAR Ireland and its iReport.ie racist incident recording system have logged a number of incidents which strongly suggest racial profiling and indeed outright racism by members of An Garda Siochana.  Their 1st Quarterly iReport details some alarming incidents indicating prejudicial Garda attitudes particularly in relation to Travellers and concludes that it is clear “that there is some work for the Gardai in promptly addressing issues of racist victimisation, and recognising the impact of poor communication on victims.” In this context and in light of the findings regarding racial profiling in the Gardai as outlined in the report of the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (a Council of Europe body)  last February and similar concerns re Garda racial profiling as set out in the last report from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it is all the more surprising that you did not ask Emily Logan to inquire into whether racial or  ethnic profiling was a factor in the Garda decision last October to forcibly remove 2 Roma children from their families. 3.       Please now confirm that you will consider extending these terms of reference  as it would seem that whether racial profiling impacted on Garda conduct or not is the central issue in that controversy?   This inquiry could also be extended to examine the wider question of whether racial profiling practices exist in the Garda Siochana and to make recommendations in this regard. We note that the two reports by these international bodies [Council of Europe body ECRI in Feb 2013 and UN body – Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2011] also strongly recommended that legislation prohibiting racial profiling by Gardai be introduced.  4.      Please confirm that this will be included in your programme for legislative reform as recent events and international reports demonstrate that this has now become a matter of urgency.  This is all the more necessary given that the conduct of the Gardai is largely exempt from protections set out in Equality legislation.     Yours faithfully,   __________________________ Mick Wallace TD Clare Daly TD   (2) A.  Link to statements of Deputy Daly and Deputy Wallace re Programme for Government on 5th March 2014 ; http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2014-03-05a.412&s=Travellers#g454 http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2014-03-05a.107&s=Travellers#g114 B.  Links to Parliamentary Questions – Deputy Daly 11th March; http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2014-03-11a.1066&s=Traveller+babies#g1069.q C.  Link to first attempt to raise the issue in October as a topical issue when the Minister called the deputies “a disgrace” http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2013-10-24a.278&s=%22a+disgrace%22#g318 (3 ) Text of response to written questions received today, not yet available online.   Letter from Ceann Comhairle’s office disallowing certain elements of those questions also attached. QUESTION NO: 766 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter) by Deputy Mick Wallace for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014. * To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality in view of allegations that over 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 assurances he has received from the Garda Commissioner regarding same; if he will publish any relevant correspondence; and if he will set out in detail the steps that both he and the Commissioner have taken since he was made aware of the whistleblower's allegations in this regard by email in December 2012.. - Mick Wallace REPLY. The management of the PULSE system is an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner. While An Garda Siochana doesn't comment on individual cases, I am informed by the Commissioner that PULSE does not solely capture information on offenders, but is also used to store information on Garda interactions with individuals, whether adults or children, such as victims of crime, persons injured in road traffic accidents and child welfare incidents. All persons are subject to the same PULSE recording policy and procedures. I have also been assured by the Garda Commissioner that the Garda Síochána does not engage in ethnic profiling, and specifically that it does not engage in data gathering or data mining based upon discriminatory profiling in respect of race, colour, language, religion, nationality, national or ethnic origin, ethnicity or membership of the traveller community. The information and assurances were provided by the Commissioner in the context of my response to previous Parliamentary Questions on the matter.   QUESTION NO: 767 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter) by Deputy Mick Wallace for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014. * To ask 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 impact on the Garda conduct and decision to remove the two Roma children from their families; if he will examine the wider question of whether and to what degree racial profiling practices exist An Garda Síochána; and if he will make recommendations in this regard.. - Mick Wallace REPLY. The terms of Reference for the Inquiry being undertaken by Ms Emily Logan into the events referred to by the Deputy are set out in the Statutory Instrument No. 481 of 2013 entitled "Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Section 42)(Special Inquiries Relating to Garda Síochána) Order 2013", notice of which was published in Iris Oifigúil on Friday 13 December 2013. The Deputy will note that the terms of reference of the Inquiry, as agreed with Ms Logan, outline that “The Inquiry shall have regard to all relevant matters”. The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were drafted in this broad manner to allow Ms Logan examine any issue which she may deem relevant to her Inquiry. In that context, I do not propose to amend these Terms of Reference. With regard to the wider question relating to racial profiling, I would inform the Deputy that I have been assured by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána does not engage in discriminatory ethnic or racial profiling, and specifically that it does not engage in data gathering or data mining based upon discriminatory profiling in respect of race, colour, language, religion, nationality, national or ethnic origin, ethnicity or membership of the traveller community. I will, of course, consider any actions that may be necessary arising from any findings of Ms Logan's Inquiry when her Report is submitted to me in due course.   QUESTION NO: 768 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter) by Deputy Mick Wallace for WRITTEN on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014. * To ask 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 the strong recommendations of that report and of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, his programme for legislative reform will include a Bill to prohibit racial profiling by Gardaí, which is all the more necessary in view of the fact that services provided by Gardaí are largely exempt from protection by equality legislation.. - Mick Wallace REPLY. My Department is aware of the report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and also of the report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. My Department is also aware that the European Commission report makes no allegation that such profiling is actually carried out. This is not surprising given that an Garda Síochána do not engage in racial profiling. In that regard I am advised that the Garda Síochána does not engage in discriminatory ethnic or racial profiling, and specifically that it does not engage in data gathering or data mining based upon discriminatory profiling in respect of race, colour, language, religion, nationality, national or ethnic origin, ethnicity or membership of the traveller community. Racial profiling in services offered by the Gardaí is already prohibited by race discrimination under Equal Status legislation. However, investigation of crime, public order etc are not services - they come under the controlling functions of the State and, as such, are outside the scope of equality legislation. The question of whether we should create a legislative prohibition therefore needs to be considered in that light. This is of course a complex matter. Ireland has become a much more diverse society and indeed the nature of Irishness has evolved as many people from overseas have made their homes here. At the same time immigration control is an important national interest and our laws must be enforced. I believe however that it is perfectly possible to operate an effective system of immigration control without resorting to racial profiling but relying instead on good intelligence and the professional judgement and experience of our Gardaí and immigration officers and indeed this has been demonstrated to be the case. I will consider this matter further in the development of the Immigration Protection and Residence Bill which I propose to republish later this year.

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