Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Purchase of Ship “Irish Hazel”.

Wednesday, 29 October 1941

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 85 No. 1

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Mr. Hickey: Information on James Hickey  Zoom on James Hickey  asked the Minister for Supplies if he will state in respect of the ship “Irish Hazel” (a) when and by whom the vessel was purchased; (b) the total price, inclusive of commission, paid for the vessel; (c) her net tonnage; (d) the number of trips she has made to date and the total weight of cargo carried and the amount of the freightage earned, and (e) the maintenance cost per week of the crew; further, whether he will state if the “Irish Hazel” has been surveyed by the Liffey Dockyard Company and, if so, whether a report thereon is available and will be presented to the Dáil; whether an estimate for the reconstruction of the vessel has been obtained, and, if so, whether he will state what sum has been estimated for carrying out the work of reconstruction; whether he will state the present scrap value of the vessel.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  As I have indicated on previous occasions to the House, I am not prepared to answer questions of [38] detail about the administration of Irish Shipping, Limited. The company was established for the express purpose of endeavouring to provide shipping facilities for the importation of essential supplies from overseas to this country. I also told the House quite frankly that ships cannot now be bought on a basis which could in normal times be justified by any commercial criterion; and the difficulties are even greater to-day than they were when I made that statement. I think it is not unreasonable to ask Deputies to wait until this company has been in operation for at least a year before attempting to form any judgment on its activities.

As regards the “Irish Hazel”, I may say that the company purchased this vessel with the knowledge that she would require extensive repairs, and this fact was allowed for in the purchase price. It has not yet been found possible to have the repairs put in hand because of pressure of work in the Liffey Dockyard and the vessel has not yet, therefore, been put into service.

Mr. Hickey: Information on James Hickey  Zoom on James Hickey  Has the Minister seen this ship?

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  I have not.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon  Zoom on James Matthew Dillon  Is there any prospect of getting the materials necessary to effect the repairs requisite on this ship?

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  Certainly. The only reason it has not been repaired is pressure of work in the dockyard.

Mr. Davin: Information on William Davin  Zoom on William Davin  Is it a question of a shortage of the necessary material?

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  No, of shipyard space.

Mr. Davin: Information on William Davin  Zoom on William Davin  Would the Minister take a look at the ship?

Mr. D. Morrissey: Information on Daniel Morrissey  Zoom on Daniel Morrissey  We have enough dockyards in the country.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  We shall have another one soon.


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