Mick Wallace

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Mick Wallace
TD
Mick Wallace.jpg
Teachta Dála
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Wexford
Personal details
Born (1955-11-09) 9 November 1955 (age 59)[1]
Wexford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Alma mater University College Dublin
Website mickwallace.net

Mick Wallace (born 9 November 1955) is an Irish independent politician, property developer and former football manager. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2011 general election as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Wallace was born at Wellington Bridge in Wexford, part of a family of 12 children.[3]

He graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in English, History and Philosophy. He married Mary Murphy from Duncormick, County Wexford in 1979, and they had two sons. His first marriage was short-lived and ended while the couple's children were still young. Wallace had two more children from a relationship he had with a Dublin schoolteacher, Patricia Barry, in the 1990s. They are not together but "she's a good friend", according to Wallace.[4]

He acquired a teaching degree in 1983 but went into the construction industry shortly afterwards and later became involved in the civil engineering sector of the industry, concentrating mostly on work in Dublin for the City Council. At a later stage, the company progressed to carrying out their own development work and well-known projects including the Italian Quarter on Ormond Quay. His company has also extended into the food and wine industry with a number of Italian wine bar restaurants, importing food and wine from Italy and growing some of their own wine in Piemonte, all trading under the name of Wallace Calcio Ltd.

He is a former manager of League of Ireland side Wexford Youths Football Club, having earlier been manager of Wexford's under-age sides prior to their entry to the league in 2007.[1][5] Wallace held a policy of recruiting only County Wexford based players and invested much money in the Youth's playing facilities at Ferrycarrig Park.[6]

Wallace has lived in Dublin since his election to the Dáil, two of his children being in full-time education there.[7]

Political career[edit]

On 5 February 2011, while a guest on Tonight with Vincent Browne, Wallace made the surprise announcement that he intended to contest the next general election to be held on 25 February as an independent candidate. He won a seat at this, the 2011 general election, topping the poll in the Wexford constituency with 13,329 votes.[8]

In May 2011, Wallace said that he faced personal financial ruin and possibly the loss of his Dáil seat, if banks were to chase him for personal guarantees following the appointment of receivers to his assets. Wallace properties includes much of the Italian Quarter in Dublin's city centre and the Ferrycarrig Sports Complex in his native Wexford, home to Wallace's Wexford Youths soccer team.[9][10] Two months later, referring to Mary Mitchell O'Connor, he said “Miss Piggy has toned it down a bit today" but later apologised saying “It's hard to defend the indefensible. I'm very sorry for the offence caused to Mary Mitchell O'Connor. I'm completely out of order.”[11] On 10 October 2011, the Commercial Court ordered Wallace to repay more than €19 million owed to ACCBank.[12][13] He said he did not have the money.[14][15][16]

He said he was "a bit flabbergasted" by Fine Gael's household charge brought in as part of the 2012 Irish budget, and how the party had changed from when it was in opposition.[17] On 15 December 2011, he helped launch a nationwide campaign against the household charge.[18] In October 2012, Wallace told an RTÉ radio programme that he once "threatened to hire a hitman to recover an IR£20,000 debt from a building firm". The broadcast resulted in a complaint from a member of the public to Gardai. Wallace was subsequently criticised by fellow members of the Dáil technical group.[19][20] Later the same month, Finian McGrath resigned as Chairman of the Dáil technical group when Wallace returned to the loose alliance against the wishes of many of its members.[21]

His habit of wearing colourful, often pink, shirts brought him to immediate public attention.[22] Since being elected to the Dáil together for the first time in 2011, Wallace and Dublin North TD Clare Daly have become close friends and political allies, and have worked together on many campaigns, including opposition to austerity and revelations that individuals were availing of cancelled penalty points in questionable circumstances.[23]

Wallace is the listed officer of the Independents for Equality Movement, which was registered to stand for elections in March 2014.[24]

Revenue settlement[edit]

On 7 June 2012, it emerged in The Irish Times that Wallace had made a €2,133,708 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners for under-payment of VAT. The sum related to his company MJ Wallace Ltd. Wallace admitted in the course of the article that he had knowingly made false declarations to the authorities. Under the agreement with the Revenue Commissioners, MJ Wallace Ltd was found to have underdeclared VAT liabilities on returns by €1,418,894. Interest came to €289,146 and penalties amounting to €425,668 were imposed, giving a total of €2,133,708.[25] On 8 June 2012, it was announced that the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett had written to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Members' Interests asking him to convene an inquiry into Wallace's tax affairs.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mick Wallace: Biography". League of Ireland. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Mick Wallace". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Weekend Review". Irish Independent, 16 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Jet-setting football lover still one of Dail's great enigmas". Irish Independent. 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Renaissance Man: Emily Hourican deconstructs the enigma of philanthropist Mick Wallace". The Dubliner. June 2002. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "All systems go for Wexford F.C.". Wexford Echo. 15 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "The TDs who were paid less than €50k in expenses – and why". The Journal.ie. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mick Wallace". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  9. ^ O'Donovan, Donal; Brennan, Michael (25 May 2011). "Wallace: I face ruin". Irish Independent. 
  10. ^ "Receiver appointed to properties of Mick Wallace TD". Irish Independent. 24 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Miss Piggy remark was wrong, I’m so sorry – Mick apologises". Irish Independent. 13 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mick Wallace ordered to repay €19m to ACC Bank". RTÉ News. 10 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "TD Wallace ordered to repay €19m in bank loans". TheJournal.ie. 10 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Wallace: I can't pay money back". Irish Examiner. 10 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Wallace: I cannot pay 19m euro". The Belfast Telegraph. 10 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mick Wallace doesn’t have €19million for bank". Newstalk. 10 October 2011. 
  17. ^ O'Halloran, Marie (14 December 2011). "Government accused of chasing taxpayers 'to graveyard' for charge". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "TDs would go to jail over household charge". RTÉ News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  19. ^ Brennan, Michael (8 October 2012). "Mick Wallace could lose Dail rights over hitman claims". Irish Independent. 
  20. ^ Brennan, Michael (9 October 2012). "Mick Wallace faces garda probe over 'hitman' remarks after ex-Navy officer files complaint". Irish Independent. 
  21. ^ Kelly, Fiach. "Smirking tax cheat Wallace 'has no respect' for peers". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sartorial freedom fighters or the emperor's new clothes?". Irish Independent. 16 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Weekend Review". Irish Independent, 16 June 2012, page 3.
  24. ^ "Iris Oifigiúil, 14th March 2014". Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  25. ^ Cullen, Paul (7 June 2012). "Mick Wallace makes €2.1m Revenue settlement". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett seeks inquiry on Wallace tax affairs". RTÉ News. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Seán Connick
(Fianna Fáil)
Independent Teachta Dála for Wexford
2011–present
Incumbent