Fitzgerald-Kenney, James

Thursday, 1 November 1928

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 26 No. 11

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CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - DISCHARGE OF POSTAL CLERK.

The facts of the case referred to are as stated in the question. As a temporary employee Mr. Williams is liable to discharge when a sufficient number of permanent recruits become available for the se...More Button

CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - AN OBJECTIONABLE SUNDAY PAPER.

My attention was not previously called to the issue of the paper referred to by the Deputy, but I have examined the extract sent to me by the Deputy taken from a serial story appearing in the paper. ...More Button

IN COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. - VOTE 32—GARDA SIOCHANA.

The total sum which is required for this Estimate this year is £1,588,373. That shows a net increase of £18,508 over last year's Estimate. The main reason for that increase is the automatic increase u...More Button

I said “royal.” The number of stations has also been very considerably reduced. Excluding the Dublin Metropolitan area, the figure now is 840 as against 1,129 Royal Irish Constabulary stations on the...More Button

In addition to what is the real duty of a police force, the members of the Guards are required to perform a great number of other duties. They have to collect census returns and agricultural statisti...More Button

The School Attendance Act, which is a new Act, has thrown a very great burden on the Guards.More Button

As I was saying, they have to enforce the School Attendance Act. They have duties in respect of foot and mouth disease, and in their work in looking after agricultural produce, etc., they are doing t...More Button

It is really very kind of Deputies to interfere in this fashion. They appear to take a most paternal interest in me. They are paying me a very high compliment if they think the remarks I am making ar...More Button

As I explained, the increase in sub-head A, that is salaries, wages and pay, is due to the annual increment which members of the force get upon their service. I do not think there is very much more I ...More Button

As far as I understand no National Army pensioner can capitalise his pension.More Button

There are no exceptions. There is a substantial increase in the allowance under sub-head B., but it will be noticed that it is under the head of rent allowance for sergeants and guards that the incre...More Button

It would take very long thinking over on my part before I could grasp the humour of that remark.More Button

I am afraid the Deputy's humour is lost on a dull person like me. There is an increase in the item for transport, due to the fact that a great number of cars got worn out this year and had to be repl...More Button

The Appropriations-in-Aid show a falling off this year owing to the fact that the police rate in the D.M.P. area this year is fivepence in the £, as against sixpence last year, sevenpence in 1926-7, ...More Button

They do not go into the Police Vote; they go into the Exchequer direct.More Button

Yes.More Button

If the police do what one might call semi-police duties, such as keeping order at, say, a racecourse, they are acting, so to speak, as stewards, and payment is required from the persons who ask them s...More Button

I shall give the Deputy figures of the allowance made for fuel. During the ordinary summer months, from May to October, in the day-room of a barrack of a small station, 11/- per month is allowed.More Button

In large stations 12/- per month for the day-room is allowed. There is no other fire allowed for in the barrack. In the winter months 33/- per month is allowed for the day-room, and 35/- for the lar...More Button

It practically all goes to fuel and lighting. Water would be only a very trivial item in comparison with fuel and light.More Button

That has been done by statute, not by the Commissioners.More Button

That is done by statute.More Button

The statute to which I refer is the Police Amalgamation Act. by which the Dublin Metropolitan Police and the Civic Guards were amalgamated into one force.More Button

That was passed in 1925.More Button

I would advise Deputy Ruttledge to get the Act and follow it.More Button

Well, it is.More Button

I do not think that the Deputy quite heard me. I stated that, if you exclude the three cities, we are 25 per cent. below the old R.I.C. number.More Button

I stated that at the present moment we were 1,860 less.More Button

It was 1,129.More Button

If I am not mistaken, I think a question has been put down with reference to that. Does not the Deputy think it rather more usual to wait until the question has been answered? It is in the hands of ...More Button

It satisfied Deputy Little.More Button

No.More Button

If the Deputy looks at page 74 I think he will find the particulars he wishes.More Button

Oh no, far less.More Button

I beg your pardon. The words I used were “trivial assault,” that being the verdict found by the jury in the Cork case.More Button

The jury found that the assault was trivial.More Button

I beg your pardon.More Button

I received no assistance, in the way of canvassing or otherwise, from any Guards.More Button

What do you mean then?More Button

I never heard of that down in my constituency.More Button

I do not believe it was done. I am certain it was not.More Button

Criminals everywhere are afraid.More Button

Was there a prosecution?More Button

Might I ask Deputy Corry the name of that particular individual?More Button

What has he been charged with?More Button

Yes.More Button

One thing is that a man can bring a horse to the water, but it requires much more than one man to make him drink, so that I think that in that respect whether I speak now or subsequently is rather a m...More Button

WRITTEN ANSWERS. - PRISON OFFICERS' MAGAZINE.

The answer to each part of this question is in the negative. The facts in this matter were set forth in my reply to a question addressed to me by the Deputy on the 4th July last.More Button


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