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Dail Diary

Dáil Diary no 26. 27th March 2015

Terrorism is Legitimate – When it's carried out by the United States…

This week I got an opportunity to speak on the ongoing disaster in Syria and the general attitude of the Irish Government and the EU towards the region. It is clear that we do not take a neutral position and have clearly taken the side of the US Military, who are responsible for the majority of the Terrorist acts, presently taking place in the world - it’s called State Terrorism and sadly the Irish Government, out of its own economic self-interests, is happy to legitimise it. Here are my

Dáil contributions on the issue -

The Minister of State and I will both agree that Syria is in a terrible situation with 3.3 million refugees, 5.5 million displaced within the country and another 3 million who have left the country to look for work. This amounts to approximately 12 million people in total. The people are starving with four out of five people said to be living in dire poverty and suffering hunger.

It is very difficult to know what Ireland can do but one thing we should encourage is the realisation that there will not be a military solution to the crisis. All the turmoil started out of the bombing of Iraq beginning in 2003 which in turn led to civil war in Iraq between Sunni and Shia and the creation of ISIS. The recent bombing campaign by the US in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to help the situation. The flow of arms from western allies and from the Saudis through Turkey into Syria will not help things. There will not be a military solution. We must encourage the US to sit down with the Russians and the Iranians to stop the massacre and the violence because it is too horrific for words. Those parties are the most powerful and they can make a difference. The work must be towards securing a truce.
While work towards achieving a truce in Syria is worthwhile, the flow of arms to Israel must stop and Palestine must be recognised as a state in its own right. Much of the trouble in the Middle East emanates from the problems in Palestine and these problems will continue until justice is achieved for the Palestinians.

The Minister and I agree that both sides in the Syrian conflict have been guilty of horrific crimes. The use of arms and bombing by both sides is not helping matters. When Pol Pot started his campaign he had an army of 5,000 men, yet within four years the actions of President Nixon and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, through the use of B52 bombers, had increased this figure to 200,000. ISIS is similar to Pol Pot's crowd in that its members are also a bad shower that has grown out of the violence in the region. We need to stop this violence and advocate for the bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq to stop. ISIS will not be beaten by bombing them from 30,000 ft. The bombing campaign does not solve the problem as it causes even greater misery for the citizens who must live under it. We must call on everyone to stop supplying arms and munitions to Syria."

On Ireland and Europe’s refusal to take an independent Foreign Policy position -

"It is hard to be here some days. The Minister of State, Deputy Dara Murphy, and my good friend, Deputy Dooley, seem to have forgotten that the trouble in Ukraine began when the elected government was overthrown, with serious financial assistance from the US. That was when most of the turmoil in Ukraine began.

Deputy Timmy Dooley:  Deputy Wallace's solution is to take Russian money.

Mick Wallace:  I do not recall interrupting Deputy Dooley when he was speaking. The Taoiseach referred to the fact that Russia has broken international law. I agree with him. Russia often breaks international law. However, I do not think it has had quite as many opportunities to break international law as the United States. If one considers the number of countries that have been invaded, bombed or had their sovereignty challenged by the US in the past 50 years, Russia pales by comparison. We break international law by allowing US military planes to pass through Shannon Airport. We allow the place to be used as a US military base. It is a landing pad on the way to war. We facilitate the use of Shannon for military purposes.

Deputy Timmy Dooley:  He is Putin's representative in Shannon.

Mick Wallace:  The original invasion of Iraq in 1991 led to the death of more than 1 million people. It was horrific. Not happy with bombing the country, the US bullied the UN into introducing sanctions of such severity that Denis Halliday, who was in charge of the UN's humanitarian campaign, resigned on the grounds that his programme was complicit in genocide. The US invaded Iraq again in 2003, with Irish support. We were part of the coalition of the willing. Bertie Ahern told us we were not really participating but we allowed Shannon to be used by the US while it killed another 700,000 civilians in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. During his term of office, Barack Obama has bombed seven, predominantly Muslim, countries. This is a man who won the peace prize because he promised to put an end to the nuclear arms race. He cannot even get Israel to sign up to non-proliferation agreements. He has now agreed to expand the nuclear arms race again.

Blair and Bush are guilty of war crimes. Obama is guilty of war crimes. Putin is guilty of war crimes. Assad and Netanyahu are guilty of war crimes. We take sides. They are all bad people who have caused unmitigated disasters around the planet. We should not take any side. I have no respect for any of these people but we are getting involved, and we are not neutral. How can the Taoiseach give out about Russia's breaches of international law without bringing a balance to the issue?

He was over in New York kissing Obama's backside and there was not a word about the fact that the man is guilty of war crimes. Where is the balance?
It breaks my heart that we cannot stay out of these matters and take a neutral position of working for peace. The arms race and the militarisation of the planet is causing untold disaster for millions of people. Old people, women and child suffer the most because they occupy most of the buildings that are destroyed by bombs. Able bodied men are not usually in the buildings when the bombs drop on them. Women, children and the elderly are the ones who most commonly die. It is crazy. I urge the Minister of State to bring balance to these matters by restoring our neutrality."

Mick Wallace.

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Dáil Diary no 25. 26th March 2015

The TTIP, Kicking the Greeks, And a Taoiseach who doesn't want to listen…

When Ireland joined the European Union, we were told that this was going to be a group of nations that would work like a family, all looking out for each other. Sadly, that’s not how it’s worked out – Now, it’s more a case of everyone for themselves, the strongest rule and the weaker nations make do, as best they can. The Greeks are in a poor place at present, and the EU seems keen to keep them there – Germany, with the backing of other members, are determined to teach the Greek voters a lesson – Did the Greeks honestly think that democracy was relevant in the modern day European Union? Meanwhile, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is likely to be signed into Law across the board in Europe, early next year – This will further undermine the rights of citizens in Europe, as the rights of Corporations are given greater advantage over those of people, in future trade disputes. Here’s my contribution this week at European Statement’s with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who happened to politely leave the Chamber as I was about to speak.- 

The departing Taoiseach spoke in glowing terms about the TTIP, calling it an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial agreement. Recently, a legal document from the regulatory co-operation chapter of the agreement was leaked, which makes the Taoiseach's statement seem naive or willfully deceptive. The leaked document clearly outlines how the TTIP is being used to undermine democracy by putting the concerns of corporations before the interests of the people, which Governments are supposed to be serving. Business Europe and the US Chamber of Commerce, as far back as 2012, have been lobbying for the regulatory co-operation mechanism. They want to establish a private forum that will come into being after TTIP has been implemented, where any legislation or regulations proposed by any EU member state that affects their profits, can be brought to their attention before the legislation or regulation comes into effect. To quote Corporate Europe Observatory "This means businesses, for instance, at an early stage, can try to block rules intended to prevent the food industry from marketing foodstuffs with toxic substances, laws trying to keep energy companies from destroying the climate, or regulations to combat pollution and protect consumers."

On top of this, laws and regulations that affect trade will have to pass an impact assessment. If it is found that the interests of corporations are infringed in any way, a report by the proposed regulatory co-operation body will cite a detrimental impact on transatlantic trade. The new rules also outline how a regulatory exchange must take place if a party requests it on the basis that planned or existing regulatory acts of member states are likely to have an impact on trade and investment. When it was pointed out by the director of trade policy today, that the leaked document has yet to be finalised, striking articles are contained in the chapter as it stands and they pose grave questions about the value of democracy in the western hemisphere.

In another attack on democracy coming from the EU, which is repeatedly and publicly supported by this Government, Greece is denied the autonomy of a breathing space to construct an alternative to destructive austerity. Any economist worth his salt, and not in the pay of the financial sector, knows that austerity only serves the short-term interests of the elite and furthers the gap between rich and poor, which serves no one in the long term. The newly elected Greek Government was given a clear mandate by the public to find an alternative to austerity. Syriza is trying to place the will of the people before the interests of the elites and the banks and is paying a high price for it. The rules of engagement in the eurozone are rigid and the masters in Berlin and Brussels allow little space to negotiate a path between the extremes of austerity or euro exit. The Greeks are looking at a situation where they must choose between denying the democratic mandate and breaking all their promises by submitting to the demands of the unelected, yet most powerful institutions in Europe, or staying true to the ideals of democracy as best they can in negotiating the turbulent waters of an exit from the eurozone. What is frightening is the manner in which the Brussels group, the troika and Germany have behaved. They show little or no mercy and no compromise. The brutality of the response to Greek demands illustrates that the EU no longer has an interest in democracy. Whenever there is an election and whoever gets elected and whatever they promise their people, they must subordinate everything to uphold the logic of the markets as dictated by the only true sovereign these days, which resides in Frankfurt, Brussels and Berlin. God be with the days when Europe was a place where all nations were treated fairly.”

Mick Wallace.

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Dáil Diary no 24. 15 March 2015

Government in Denial - But Ireland is complicit in War Crimes...

Shannon is a civilian airport but the present and former Governments have allowed it to be used as a US Military airbase, despite the fact that this airport is not designed for that purpose. Almost two and a half million US troops have passed through Shannon since 2001, and endless quantities of arms and munitions – and all for what? The result of same is horrific, as the US Military war machine has devastated the Middle East region and beyond. Over a million civilians have been killed, countless millions displaced, the use of torture and indiscriminate bombing has made a mockery of International Law, while the only winner is the all too powerful arms industry. Sadly, by allowing our airport to be used as a US Military base, and our airspace to be constantly used by US planes on their way to a war front, Ireland has abandoned all notions of neutrality, is in breach of International Law, and is complicit in war crimes. Are we ever going to hold any politicians to account for their role in the slaughter of so many innocent people?

Yesterday, I questioned Minister Coveney on the role of the Defence Forces in protecting those Military aircraft – once again, clarity was in short supply. Here’s my contribution on the issue.-

Mick Wallace: Recently in reply to a question the Minister stated, "When deployed in an ATCP role, Defence Forces personnel remain under the operational command of a Defence Forces officer at all times." He has said this again today. In the response he also stated, "For security and operational reasons, it is not considered appropriate to make any further comment in relation to how such operations are conducted." Does this mean that he believes there are security risks associated with defending US military aircraft at Shannon Airport? If so, are members of the security forces made aware of the risks involved in defending these military aircraft?

Deputy Simon Coveney: I am not quite sure what risks the Deputy is talking about. Certainly, when An Garda Síochána seeks assistance from the Defence Forces on security arrangements at Shannon Airport, it gets it. The assistance comes in the form of Permanent Defence Force personnel under the control of the senior officer performing the tasks they are being asked to perform by An Garda Síochána. As I stated, it is the role of the Defence Forces personnel to perform the tasks they are being asked to perform. I am not quite sure what the Deputy is getting at. I am not trying to be evasive, but I am just trying to understand what he is getting at. This is a security operation to provide security for aeroplanes landing, refuelling and taking off at Shannon Airport. When An Garda Síochána needs the assistance of the Defence Forces, it gets it. It is no more complicated than that.

Mick Wallace:  I was surprised when the Minister said that, for security and operational reasons, he did not consider it appropriate to make any further comment on how such operations were conducted. It goes without saying there is considerable confusion about roles and responsibilities. Does the person in charge from the Defence Forces have the authority to decide to inspect an aircraft? Alternatively, would the Minister say Garda personnel have greater authority on the platform at Shannon Airport? Can they actually decide to inspect an aircraft if they believe there is a good reason to do so?

Deputy Simon Coveney:  I am not going to answer the question for An Garda Síochána which is the lead organisation in terms of security within the State. When it needs assistance in performing its role, it asks for it and gets it from the Defence Forces. However, the task the Defence Forces are asked to perform by An Garda Síochána is managed operationally by the senior officer of the Defence Forces on site. That is my understanding of how it works. The duty of making the actual request and overall responsibility lie with An Garda Síochána.

Mick Wallace:  Can the Defence Forces take charge of the security of an aeroplane without Garda personnel being present? We understand from a recent court case in Ennis, taken by the State, that An Garda Síochána was not allowed to exercise discretion at Shannon Airport and that if, for any reason, it suspected an aeroplane needed to be inspected, it was not allowed to do so.

The gardaí were not allowed to use their own discretion as they would on the street. They were compelled to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This came as a surprise to us.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl and Deputy Durkan raised the issue of the Russian plane and what we should be worried about coming through our airspace. Were these people remotely interested in the EC130 Hercules which was armed and landed in Shannon? Are they remotely worried about the incredible security risk to the

Irish people of seriously heavy armoury coming through Shannon?
With regard to the role of terrorists, since the end of the Second World War the US military machine has created more terrorism on the planet than the rest of the planet put together. We are allowing these people to use Shannon and we do not seem to have a problem with it yet we are worried about a Russian aircraft flying down by the west coast. Give us a break. What would the Russians be doing invading us?

Deputy Simon Coveney:  We need to try to have a calm response to these things. I will not answer on behalf of An Garda Síochána, which is under the political responsibility of a different Minister. Our role, in the Defence Forces, is to respond to specific tasks when asked for assistance by An Garda Síochána. We then manage and operationally take control of these tasks through a senior officer in the performing of those tasks. It is no more complicated than that.
There are broader issues and I know Deputy Wallace has a strong difference of opinion with me and with the Department on these issues. However, they are separate issues. My responsibility, as Minister for Defence, is to account for the actions of the Permanent Defence Force when it is operationally asked to perform certain tasks by An Garda Síochána, which it does very professionally.

Mick Wallace:  Can the Defence Forces monitor the plane without An Garda Síochána being there?

Deputy Simon Coveney:  My understanding is that An Garda Síochána asks for assistance with a particular task and it is this task which the Defence Forces personnel operate. It does not, on its own initiative, then decide to do a whole series of other things like inspect planes.

 

Mick Wallace.

 

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Dáil Diary no 23. 13 March. 2015

US Human Rights Abuses- And an Arrogant Taoiseach…

At Leader’s Questions on Wednesday, I challenged the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to raise the issue of US Human Rights abuses, with President Obama when he meets him on St Patricks Day. The US Military War Machine is causing untold devastation in many parts of the world. And all for what? – To promote the Arms Industry , the only winner from the resulting slaughter and militarisation of the planet.  The Taoiseach refused to reply to my questions in English, insisting that it was Seachtain Na Gaeilge, but had no problem speaking English when discussing IRA rape allegations with Gerry Adams a few minutes later. It was a clear attempt to detract from the issues I was raising, and it was done with an arrogance that did not please genuine lovers of Gaeilge.

The US has placed itself beyond International Law, with its War on Terror, which was supposed to improve regional and world security - the truth is the opposite. When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the so called enemy was a small group of lightly armed insurgents. Today, after the US has spent trillions of dollars on its so called war on terror, the Global Jihadist movement has exploded. The UN recently reported that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria at “an unprecedented scale” and from countries that hadn’t previously contributed to global jihad. Here’s a transcript of my Leader’s Questions from Wednesday.-

In December, it was reported that President Higgins raised the issue of human rights violations with the Chinese President during his visit. Last month, the Taoiseach spoke highly of the legacy of the former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr. Séamus Mallon, and Mr. John Hume, and stated that both were outstanding examples of persons who were unafraid to stand up for human rights, equality, dignity and political progress. I want to know whether the Taoiseach will use his visit to the White House next week to raise human rights issues with President Obama.

The Americans started a perpetual war in 2001 and today it is the single biggest source of misery and suffering on the planet. The Obama Administration conducts operations all over the world. In 2014, US special operation forces deployed to 133 countries riding roughshod over international treaties, laws and human rights obligations. The war on terror is responsible for the deaths of over 1 million people and has caused the displacement of millions more. The only winner is the arms industry which helped to put President Obama in power.

Each week Obama personally selects from a kill list who shall be executed on any given day with drone strikes. No evidence is presented, there is no judicial oversight and, overwhelmingly, they miss the target. In one case in Yemen, it took seven drone strikes before the US killed its target. In those strikes, as many as 164 persons died, including 11 children. In Pakistan, 221 persons, including 103 children, have been killed in attempts to kill four men, three of whom are still alive - the fourth has died from natural causes.

Not only is President Obama's drone programme one of the most glaring acts of terror being perpetrated on earth today, it is one of the best recruitment instruments for those who may be willing to take up arms against US forces and its allies.
Is the Taoiseach going to shake hands with a man who personally orders the pointless execution of scores of innocent children and say nothing, or will he, like Mr. Mallon and Mr. Hume, stand up for human rights, equality and dignity?

The Taoiseach:  Tá trí pointe ardaithe ag an Teachta ansin, cúrsaí cine daonna, cúrsaí míleata agus polasaí idirnáisiúnta na Stáit Aontaithe.

Mick Wallace:  Sorry?

The Taoiseach:  Cuir ort na cluasáin ateangaireachta. Tá siad os comhair an Teachta ansin.

Mick Wallace:  I have not got one here. I apologise I cannot speak Irish.

The Taoiseach:  Tá ceann ar fáil sa chéad suíochán eile.

Mick Wallace: I would appreciate it if the Taoiseach could answer me in English.

The Taoiseach:  Nuair a bhí Jim White, go ndéana Dia grásta air, sa Teach seo blianta fada ó shin, bhí sé thall ansin agus bhí mé féin in aice leis. Bhí Aire Stáit ag caint leis as Gaeilge agus dúirt Jim-----

Deputy Dara Calleary:  Story time.

The Taoiseach:  gur masla é sin dá chreidimh agus cuireadh isteach an córas ateangaireachta ina dhiaidh sin.

The Taoiseach:  Let Deputy Wallace put on his translation system. This is our national language and this is Lá na Gaeilge, nó sin a deirtear liom.

Mick Wallace:  Maybe we should be speaking German given that they are running the place now.

The Taoiseach:  Put it on there.

The Taoiseach:  Cas an cnaipe ansin. A Mhichíl, a chara, an féidir leat mé a chloisteáil? An bhfuil an t-aistriúchán ar siúl?

Luaigh an Teachta trí phointe, cúrsaí cine daonna, cúrsaí míleata agus cúrsaí polaitíochta Mheiriceá go hidirnáisiúnta. Can the Deputy hear me? Tá duine éigin ag aistriú ó Ghaeilge go Béarla aon uair a mbíonn Teachta ag labhairt as Gaeilge….

Deputy Peter Mathews:  Maybe the Taoiseach can speak Irish to President Obama.

Mick Wallace:  The Taoiseach cannot hide behind Irish. The issues I have raised are important for everyone who lives on this planet. Matters have got out of control. There is no logic to how the US military machine is operating. They may be giving us jobs here through American business but it does not change the fact that we should have a problem with children being murdered and slaughtered in the interests of promoting the arms industry and controlling resources. We should have an issue with it. We should have some streak of independence and neutrality.
Obama has used the Espionage Act twice as many times as all other US Presidents put together. Whistleblowers and courageous journalists are being hunted down like never before. The US increasingly monitors the lives and communications of private citizens violating their freedom of speech with little or no consequences, yet it blocks transparency in how it operates and criminalises those who are brave enough to serve the public interest and expose the abuses of power.

The Taoiseach has said in this House that whistleblowers should be respected and protected. Will he raise this point with President Obama and ask him to show Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and others the respect they deserve rather than treating them as criminals for telling the truth?
I also ask the Taoiseach to raise the drone programme with President Obama. It is terror of the worst kind. People are asleep in their homes and do not know the minute or the hour when a missile launched by a drone could strike their house and kill them. It is madness. Will the Taoiseach raise that issue with President Obama?

The Taoiseach:  Ní dóigh liom go mbeidh am agam chuile rud atá luaite ag an Teachta a phlé leis an Uachtarán ach beidh mé toilteanach chúrsaí cearta daonna a luaigh leis an Uachtarán nuair a chasfaidh mé air Dé Mairt seo chugainn. Ní dúirt an Teachta tada faoi ISIS, nó faoi na Críostaithe a mharaigh ISIS.

Mick Wallace:  It was created by the US.

The Taoiseach:  Ní dúirt sé tada faoi Boko Haram, nó faoi chúrsaí polataíochta na Rúise. Ní hé Meiriceá amháin atá ag éisteacht le cúrsaí cumarsáide.

Deputy Clare Daly:  Is the Taoiseach going to visit Russia?

The Taoiseach:  Maidir le cúrsaí sábháilte

Mick Wallace:  We would not have an ISIS if the US was not behaving as it does.

Mick Wallace.

 

 

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