Lemass, Seán F.

Wednesday, 27 February 1946

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 99 No. 13

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Éire Coal Mines.

The Irish coalfields have been surveyed and mapped by Geological Survey, which will make information available to private firms proposing to undertake more detailed investigations.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Slievardagh Coal Mines.

I am not in a position to say when machinery for coal mines will be available.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - C.I.E. Superannuation Fund.

I am unable to say when the new superannuation fund in respect of that section of the staff of Córas Iompair Éireann at present in membership of the Railway Clearing System Superannuation Fund will be...More Button

I cannot say. Different views are held on that aspect of the question. It is probable that the provisions of the Transport Act of 1944 would be adequate and that the new arrangement would be impleme...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Whiskey Supplies.

I am aware that there is evidence that the quantity of whiskey at present being released for consumption, though considerably greater than the quantity of home produced and imported whiskey released i...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Control of Fish Prices.

I am aware of the representations made on behalf of east coast fishermen requesting removal of the control on the price of fish. I am satisfied that removal of control would not yet be justified.More Button

It is intended to maintain the control of prices.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Benefit for ex-Army Men.

No such case has come to my notice, and I have no information on other matters mentioned in the question. Unemployment benefit cannot be paid out of the unemployment fund to persons resident outside ...More Button

The Deputy is aware of our anxiety to have a reciprocal arrangement with the British authorities on this matter, but clearly an agreement with the British authorities is necessary.More Button

No; it would have to be done under reciprocal arrangements.More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take business in the following order, Nos. 3, 5, 6 and 7. In No. 7, Vote 58 only will be taken, and then Nos. 8, 10 and 9. No. 10 will be taken from 6 o'clock to 7 o'clock. At 9 o...More Button

Yes.More Button

Turf Development Bill, 1945—Second Stage (Resumed).

When the Dáil adjourned on Friday last I was dealing, in connection with the Turf Development Bill, with certain arguments which were advanced by Deputies opposite, and which appeared to be directed a...More Button

The Deputy did say it.More Button

He said that we could in fact obtain increased supplies of essential commodities from abroad if we used our bargaining power to obtain it.More Button

From Great Britain.More Button

The Deputy may apply my remark to Great Britain. I have endeavoured to bring the House to realise that the problem of coal supplies from Great Britain is not a temporary problem, is not due to any po...More Button

We always had a policy, which is more than the Deputy ever had.More Button

The coal supplies we are now getting from Great Britain are equivalent to about 40 per cent. of our normal pre-war imports in quantity. The main consequence on our position of that contraction in tota...More Button

No such comparison entered my mind. This proposal to develop our peat resources or to produce electricity from peat is not put forward by me as something better than the Shannon scheme or any other h...More Button

If the Deputy wants the price to the consumer, he must make allowance for transmission costs and a number of other charges which are not included in that calculation. In order to compare the economy ...More Button

That depends entirely on the nature of the load. The enormous increase in the demand for electricity which took place here between 1932 and 1939 was mainly due to the industrial expansion which occur...More Button

In so far as the industrial load is likely to be more uniform, that would not be so. Deputy McGilligan also made very inaccurate calculations as to the consumption of electricity per head in the Six ...More Button

The capital expenditure set out in the White Paper will be incurred first of all on the purchase of the bog, then the drainage of the bog, on equipment such as production machines and railways, on the...More Button

In the turf area there is no restriction at present upon the sale of turf.More Button

Partially, yes.More Button

Yes; I said that in introducing the Bill. Deputy Dockrell made a very elaborate and what appears to be a very absurd calculation as to the cost of turf. He based that calculation upon certain assump...More Button

So far as there is any restriction on the Turf Development Board in the recruitment of staff, it is a restriction imposed by the Government, having regard to the local employment situation.More Button

The bulk of the people employed will be residents in the immediate vicinity of the bog, as at Clonsast. The restriction imposed on the Turf Development Board in the operation of the turf camps during...More Button

The restriction applies only to the hand-turf scheme which the board is operating as Government agents and it is intended to ensure that the higher remuneration which is paid there should take out of ...More Button

So far as the turf camps are concerned, the intention is that the people permanently employed in them will be resident in the immediate vicinity.More Button

Normally resident.More Button

I am not promising that the local people will have a preference over others. Around the bogs, workers' houses will be built and in those houses will live those employed in turf production. They migh...More Button

The same chance.More Button

I hope so. At the stage where scarcity is ended these emergency restrictions will be completely withdrawn.More Button

I have not the slightest hope that it will be immediately. There is not the slightest likelihood that we will be able to get rid of rationing for a couple of years.More Button

On the present cost.More Button

The Deputy will have to go to the Board of Works about that matter.More Button

So far as the county council schemes are concerned they are recouped by the Government their whole cost of turf production.More Button

I could not go into details now.More Button

Under emergency conditions prices are controlled but in normal circumstances prices will be regulated by competition. In conditions of full supply, turf will be sold at whatever price can be got for ...More Button

The price of turf is controlled only in non-turf areas.More Button

I do not think there is any overcharging in non-turf areas. There may be in turf areas where people can always produce their own turf.More Button

Aran Islands Transport Bill, 1946—Second Stage.

The object of this legislation is to make provision for the maintenance of a shipping service between Galway and the Aran Islands, and for the payment of subsidies to the company operating the service...More Button

Last year. During the emergency, owing to the shortness of coal and the poor quality of the fuel available, the service was seriously curtailed in recent years. Despite the reduction in the services...More Button

I could not say that yet.More Button

I would not say. It is a perfectly seaworthy vessel suitable for the service.More Button

That is a matter for the company.More Button

The curtailment of the service during the war was not due to any cause other than the insufficient supply of coal, and it would not be possible yet to restore the full pre-war service. The intention,...More Button

Will there be any objection to taking the remaining stages to-day?More Button

Committee on Finance. - Aran Islands Transport Bill, 1946—Money Resolution.

I move:- That it is expedient to authorise such payments out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas as are necessary to give effect to any Act of the present session to make provision for promoting the ...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 58—Marine Service.

I move: That a supplementary sum not exceeding £3,050 be granted to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March, 1946, for the Salaries and Expenses of the...More Button

It is necessary to continue the protection because there is still danger, but the work can be done by a method which is cheaper and temporary, instead of the permanent protection. Vote put and agreed ...More Button

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