Dillon, James Matthew

Wednesday, 2 February 1938

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 70 No. 1

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dispensary and Clinic for Clones.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health whether plans and specifications had been submitted to him for dispensary and clinic premises in the town of Clones and, if so, whether he is ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Clerk to County Registrar, Monaghan.

asked the Minister for Justice whether he has approved the appointment by the County Registrar of Monaghan of Mr. McCarville as clerk for the revision of the register in County Monaghan and, if so, wh...More Button

Arising out of the Minister's reply, does he think it proper that a person engaged in the controversial occupation of election agent, or parliamentary agent, in a recent general election should be cho...More Button

Is the Minister aware that the appointment is just part of the corrupt political machine maintained by the Fianna Fáil organisation in County Monaghan?More Button

Will the Minister inquire into that? Does the Minister really think that it is a suitable thing, when you have the people of the whole county, including many unemployed persons anxious for work, to ...More Button

There is no analogy whatever. May I ask the Minister why he does not distinguish between a professional man acting as a parliamentary agent and a person in Mr. McCarville's position, a man who is a v...More Button

What did the Minister say?More Button

I will cool your temper if you do not mind yourself.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Banking Commission Report.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he has received the report of the Banking Commission and, if so, when does he propose to make it available for perusal by the public.More Button

Will the Minister say when he expects to receive the report?More Button

I feel sure the Minister has studiously refrained from all official contact. If he went on to say all contact I should demur a little. But, leaving that out of the question, is it the Minister's inte...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Wheat Experiments.

asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he has caused any experiments to be made with the new English variety of wheat known as D 80 and, if so, with what results (1) as to its suitability for cult...More Button

Would the Minister take steps to have experiments carried out with this variety of wheat at the earliest possible moment, as it would appear from the reports of the British Ministry of Agriculture tha...More Button

Then the Minister will take steps to have experiments on this variety of wheat carried out at the earliest possible moment?More Button

If the Minister will look into the matter that is all I want.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Warble Fly Inspectors.

Does the Minister realise that the warble fly scheme virtually broke down last year and that, as a matter of fact, the scheme was not carried out?More Button

Ask the suppliers of the preparation which was used in the dressing as a preventive against the warble fly.More Button

But the scheme was not carried out last year.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Louth Holdings.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will inquire into the circumstances surrounding the interview between James Agnew, Stabannon, Castlebellingham, County Louth, and the Land Commission Inspector who c...More Button

asked the Minister for Lands if the Land Commission have taken any steps to acquire the lands of Patrick and Minnie Nagle, of Stabannon, Castlebellingham, County Louth, and, if so, on what grounds he ...More Button

asked the Minister for Lands whether the Land Commission have taken any steps with a view to acquiring the farm of Owen Marry, of Drumcashel, Castlebellingham, County Louth, and if so, on what grounds...More Button

asked the Minister for Lands whether the Land Commission have taken any steps to acquire the farm of Miss Brady, of Drumcashel, Castlebellingham, County Louth, and, if so, if he will state the grounds...More Button

asked the Minister for Lands whether he is aware that Mrs. Matthew, of Stabannon, Castlebellingham, County Louth, from whom the Land Commission proposes to take over 11 acres is a widow with six in fa...More Button

Arising out of the Minister's reply, I would like to know if the Minister is aware, in the case of James Agnew of Stabannon, that the reason for his failure recently to till his holding has been beca...More Button

Is the Minister aware that in the case of Owen Marry, the tenant can prove beyond all doubt or question that even last year he spent £10 on seeds and manures for his particular piece of land, and does...More Button

Arising out of the Minister's answer, I want to ask if he will give me an undertaking to give these cases his personal attention, because in the district there is universal condemnation of what has be...More Button

I quite agree that the allotment of land is not a matter over which the Minister has any discretion, but in cases like these, where the land has to be taken up from existing tenants, it is a matter in...More Button

Will not the Minister agree that in these cases in which, undoubtedly, the whole issue of fixity of tenure is raised——More Button

In these cases in which the whole question of fixity of tenure is raised—where the Land Commission interferes with a smallholder in the enjoyment of his holding—does not the Minister agree that—if the...More Button

There is not much difference.More Button

Order of Business.

I should like to ask the Tanaiste if he considers it desirable to continue the debate on the motion standing in the names of members of this Party in connection with the economic circumstances of the ...More Button

Our solicitude is that what we might feel it our duty to say in connection with these matters might, if said at the present time, possibly embarrass the Government in their negotiations. In the light...More Button

Agreed.More Button

Supplementary Estimates.

We have great pleasure in facilitating the Minister in any way within reason. I do not speak for the Labour Party or the Independent Labour Party. Estimates ordered to be taken to-morrow.More Button

Shannon Fisheries Bill, 1938—First Stage.

Does the Minister happen to know if the House is sitting on this day week?More Button

Scrap Iron (Control of Export) Bill, 937—Second Stage.

Is it desirable that the Bill should be immediately passed by the Dáil? It all depends on how you look at these things. The Minister, I think, takes the view that the more control he has over indust...More Button

In Committee on Finance. - Shops (Hours of Trading) (No. 2) Bill, 1937—Money Resolution.

Is it the Minister's intention to appoint additional inspectors under this Bill?More Button

I take it, therefore, that the Minister is not going to use the inspectors that he has for trade boards purposes for the enforcement of this measure and the one dealing with shop assistants?More Button

Is not the work of all three analogous?More Button

It occurred to me that if the Minister amalgamated for the purposes of these Bills and the Trade Boards Acts the functions and duties of the existing inspectors, it might be possible to have a better...More Button

In Committee on Finance. - Shops (Hours of Trading) (No. 2) Bill, 1937—Committee.

Is it to be inferred from what the Minister has said that it is his intention to recommit this Bill again as well as the Shop Assistants Bill?More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 72—Widows' and Orphans' Pensions.

There are two points to which I would like to refer in connection with this Estimate. It was understood, I think, that contributory pensions were to be made available to the widows of all men who wer...More Button

Would it be easily possible for the Minister to make inquiries as to what it would cost to give contributory pensions to the widows of men who had been paying into the National Health Insurance Fund p...More Button

I should not wish the Minister to take me as suggesting that investigation officers or appeal officers are unduly hard. I think that some of the investigation officers are very stringent, but I find ...More Button

Would the Minister look into that question of gifts from children?More Button

It is a special problem, as the Minister will realise, and in the West of Ireland particularly. Vote agreed to. Report of Supplementary Estimates agreed to.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Shops (Hours of Trading) (No. 2) Bill, 1937—Committee Stage (resumed).

Has anyone adverted to the situation which is going to arise when a fair day in a rural town falls on the named half-holiday? As I understand the Bill at present, a shopkeeper is obliged to declare t...More Button

He may have it on Monday in one week and on Wednesday of the following week?More Button

This is serious. What is going to happen if the cattle fair falls on Wednesday? Are you going to close all the shops in the town?More Button

There are very few rural towns in which such an order operates.More Button

None.More Button

Where?More Button

That may be, but there is no town where you have these fairs fixed by Charter in which the coincidence occurs.More Button

These fairs are fixed by Charter.More Button

It may be that there are certain towns where the half-holiday is fixed by law.More Button

No. In Ballaghaderreen there is a half-holiday for ten years, and it was fixed by nobody but by the will of the people.More Button

In Ballaghaderreen, Castlerea, Ballymote, Collooney, Ballisodare, and other towns of which I could name a litany, the half-holiday was fixed by nobody. Under this Bill the half-day will be fixed for ...More Button

What happens in the towns to which I referred? Three or four of the larger shops chose a day and there was such a suspension of business that everyone was obliged to follow. Once these shops closed ...More Button

Would you amend the Bill so that merchants, when fixing the half-holiday, may also declare their intention to have the holiday on a particular day; and further declare that in certain weeks there woul...More Button

You can restrict that by providing that it would only apply where shopkeepers can prove that the fairs are fixed by Charter.More Button

Is it proposed where a place is allowed to remain open for the sale of liquor that if they sell other goods which are ordinarily offered for sale this applies?More Button

The Minister is not going to enforce closing orders on the business of selling newspapers, periodicals and magazines.More Button

On the section, am I to take it that a hawker selling fruit from a basket, or commodities from a basket, from door to door may not sell those commodities outside the hours of trading?More Button

Flowers?More Button

I take it that it is the Minister's intention if some unthought-of commodity, which is the normal ware of a bona fide hawker is brought to his attention, to extend the exemption to cover it?More Button

What about turf and tin cans? Remember that the hawker in rural Ireland is not the hawker with which the Minister is familiar. In rural Ireland the hawker will sell tin pannikins, caps for pipes, et...More Button

You can imagine an order being made designed to close up in a town coal warehouses which ordinarily handle turf for the Turf Disposals Board. It would be highly undesirable if that operated to preven...More Button

In towns with which I am familiar many of us are coal merchants and, presumably, our premises will be required to close within the ordinary hours. Insomuch as we are coal and turf merchants, will tha...More Button

It ought not to.More Button

A country hawker is what is popularly known as a tinker, and sells hardware of one kind or another. Is it intended to stop him? That would be a great hardship.More Button

You have power to close hardware shops and still let tinkers operate?More Button

That is a difficulty of administration. You have made provision in the schedules and doubtless excluded certain businesses that otherwise you would have included because you do not want to catch the ...More Button

I presume that operated on the mind of the Minister. He did not want to close up the hawkers of flowers and fish, though he might have closed the fish and flower shops if the consideration had not op...More Button

That is a great hardship. If the Minister knew as much about the country as most of us know, he would agree that it is a hardship. The tinker has to sell his tin cans wherever he can make his way in a...More Button

I feel about this so strongly that I will be glad if the Labour Party will intervene and offer their solution of the difficulty. We are all familiar with the problem of the mendicant and we are fairl...More Button

He is a bloated capitalist employing no labour and he will get no sympathy from the Labour Party. I want to make this case. We have the mendicant, commonly known as the beggar, who circumvents the Ci...More Button

I put it to you that that is the kind of thing the bureaucrat forgets completely. You cannot possibly know them if you do not live amongst them. It may be absurd to argue that one ought to consider ...More Button

I have yet to meet a shop which caters for horses. We do not sell horses across the counter. We sell them on the fair green.More Button

Would the Minister look into the case of hawkers and mendicants?More Button

There is no Order prohibiting anybody from selling outside a shop.More Button

Why, the very fact that it applied to a place where a retail trade was carried on spared the hawker. He did not carry on his trade in a place of business. He was an itinerant.More Button

Does the Minister speak advisedly? Did the old Closing Order for shops affect an itinerant hawker? I do not think it did.More Button

Surely, that is the whole difference. In this Bill you deliberately aim to do what you did not do under the old Closing Order.More Button

You did not catch the itinerant hawker under the old Order.More Button

I do not think he was.More Button

If the Minister speaks advisedly——More Button

I understood that that was interpreted as not catching an itinerant vendor. I think you are catching him here and you have deliberately exempted him from certain schedules.More Button


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