Tuesday, 25 May 1948
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. S. Keane: asked the Minister for Agriculture whether he has received representations in regard to Kildorrery creamery, and whether it is intended to leave this creamery under its present management or to amalgamate it with an adjoining co-operative society creamery, or to have it acquired by the Dairy Disposals Board.
Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dillon): Kildorrery is the last creamery in Ireland to remain in private ownership, all the rest have been or are in the process of being transferred to co-operative societies.
Inasmuch as Messrs. Gates and Company have shown themselves to be a public-spirited and honourable company who have dealt fairly with their suppliers, and who on many occasions have exerted themselves to serve their suppliers' interests, and as I believe they will provide in the years to come an especially valuable outlet for fresh cream in the London market, I strongly recommend the suppliers to maintain their existing trade relations with Messrs. Gates at Kildorrery, and I understand that the firm is always ready to discuss with their suppliers  any adjustment of their trade terms so as to ensure that mutual satisfaction will be an enduring feature of their business relations with their Kildorrery suppliers.
Mr. Dillon: If I were satisfied that a substantial number of the suppliers of the Kildorrery creamery desired that it should be absorbed by the Mitchelstown Society, I would take steps to ascertain the wishes of the suppliers and whatever the majority of the suppliers to the Kildorrery creamery wish to have done will be done.
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