Dáil Issues, International

by Jamison Maeda

Edward Snowden exposed the existence of a US government data mining program called PRISM, and is being hailed by some as a hero. To them, he sacrificed his career and possibly his freedom to blow the whistle on the secret surveillance of innocent American citizens.  According to a recent Reuters survey, 31% of Americans polled think Snowden exposing the PRISM program makes him a patriot. However, 23% think he is a traitor and a defector and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Snowden himself told South China’s Morning Post that he is “neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.”
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Dáil Work, Defence, Leaders Questions

Clare asked Enda Kenny about the costs and resources used by the state to provide security for the G8 summit held in Co. Fermanagh in June 2013.

Dáil Issues, International, Protests

The decision by the Greek Government to close down the national broadcaster is an outrageous attack on democracy, on journalism and on the jobs of 2,700 workers employed by ERT in Greece and has been met with widespread condemnation and serious resistance from Greek workers.
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Justice, Transport Tourism and Sport

Clare Daly TD has welcomed the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar’s calls for a Garda Ombudsman investigation into the Penalty Points Controversy.  Speaking on the matter Clare said, “The minister’s calls for an ombudsman investigation clearly vindicate the argument put forward by myself and others that there are still questions left unanswered regarding the Penalty Points issue and that Assistant Commissioner, John O’ Mahony’s investigation left much to be desired.”
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