Wednesday, 23 May 1945
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. O'Driscoll: asked the Minister for Supplies if he is aware that considerable difficulty was experienced by the people of Cork in procuring heavy boots last winter; and, if so, if he will make arrangements now to ensure that a reasonable supply, together with material for making such boots, will be available next winter.
Mr. Lemass: I want the House to appreciate that the total production of men's heavy boots in this country is as high as ever it was. The position is that the demand for such boots is substantially greater because of the disappearance of rubber boots. There is little prospect of increased production  of heavy boots in the present supply position.
Mr. Dillon: Is the Minister not aware that manufacturers are at this moment—certainly they were a couple of months ago—informing their customers that they are unable to supply them with heavy boots because their entire output is required by the Army?
Mr. Dillon: Certainly, that information has been given to retailers. While no one grudged them to the Army when the Army wanted them, may we not anticipate that with the proposals in hand for the gradual demobilisation of the Army, the demand of the Army for boots will tend to decrease?
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