Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment in Ennis.

Wednesday, 10 December 1941

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 85 No. 9

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Mr. Norton: Information on William Norton  Zoom on William Norton  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state whether the revocation effected by Emergency Powers (No. 131) Order, 1941, of the duties hitherto levied on elastic, elastic cord, laces, etc., is likely to diminish the volume of employment provided in Ennis by the firm of Messrs. L. Jordan, Ltd.; and, if so, whether he will state what provision (if any) has been made to provide alternative employment for workers who will be displaced as a result of the making of Emergency Powers (No. 131) Order.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  In present circumstances, it is unlikely that the suspension by Emergency Powers (No. 131) Order, 1941, of the customs duties on imported elastics, elastic cord, laces and braided material will seriously affect the demand for the company's products. It is, therefore, improbable that the volume of employment provided in Ennis by the firm will [1320] diminish. In the circumstances the second part of the Deputy's question does not arise.

Mr. Norton: Information on William Norton  Zoom on William Norton  What is the purpose of continuing the high tariff in this case if its removal will not affect employment?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Frank Fahy  Zoom on Frank Fahy  That is a separate question.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  For a similar reason why a number of other tariffs have also been suspended.

Mr. Norton: Information on William Norton  Zoom on William Norton  The idea of suspension occurred to the Minister only after two directors were brought before the courts, and not before then.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  That is a conclusion for which the Deputy has no basis.

Mr. Norton: Information on William Norton  Zoom on William Norton  Everyone in the country has come to the same conclusion, except the Minister.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  There is another explanation that would occur to a person with average intelligence.


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