MacEntee, Seán

Wednesday, 14 February 1951

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 124 No. 1

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Visit of Dutch Soldiers.

How can the Taoiseach, as head of the Government, and responsible for the actions and pronouncements of all his Ministers, try to go a little bit of the way with the Minister for Education, a little b...More Button

I think, Sir——More Button

I think, Sir, this is much too important——More Button

I submit——More Button

I give you notice that I propose to raise this matter on the Adjournment because I want to know how the Taoiseach is going to go three ways at once.More Button

Are you taking notice of the fact that I propose to raise this matter on the Adjournment?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Commission on Emigration.

Will the Minister be good enough to inform the Dáil when this commission was appointed?More Button

Is it a fact that the Minister for Industry and Commerce stated in the year 1948 that if his Party were returned as a majority they would solve this question overnight— and that was three years ago?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Old Age Pensions.

The Minister is bulging with sympathy.More Button

Will the Minister be so kind as to tell the House when he proposes to provide this £2,541,500 which this would cost?More Button

Has the accounting officer observed that ruling?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Insurance Funds Contributors.

Is the Minister not in a position——More Button

Is it parliamentary for a Minister to respond to a Deputy in these terms? Can I tell the Minister to shut up?More Button

Can I say that?More Button

It is corollary to what the Minister did say?More Button

I am not very touchy, but the Minister has a responsibility to answer Deputies politely at least. The Minister has not the inherent good manners to do that, I know.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transfer of Sub-Post Office.

Oh!More Button

That, surely, is an understatement.More Button

Everybody, with any knowledge of this case, knows that that is a gross understatement.More Button

It is a corrective.More Button

Not any more than the Minister's.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Post-Office Premises.

Surely, you can; you are not blind.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Provision for Mobile Air Compressor.

Did not you propose to blow away the rocks in Connemara?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Mussel Suppliers' Memorandum.

How many mussels are supplied by Deputy Timoney's constituency in South Tipperary?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Prices Advisory Body—Prices (Standstill) Order.

Arising out of the admission of the Parliamentary Secretary that certain members of this Prices Advisory Body are paid £1,000 a year, is not that an excellent example of creating jobs for the boys?More Button

Order of Business.

Oh, this session?More Button

May I remind you that I have already given notice that I propose to raise the subject matter of the Taoiseach's replies, to supplementary questions in particular, on Question No. 2?More Button

The whole subject matter, of course.More Button

Rates on Agricultural Land (Relief) (No. 2) Bill, 1950 — Second Stage.

This is a very normal example of how far the promises made by the Parties who now constitute the Government of this country are unfilled in their realisation. When the general election of 1948 was fo...More Button

In spite of Deputy Sweetman and those who support him. This Bill is a Fianna Fáil Bill; this Bill is based on Fianna Fáil principles and there has not been any attempt to enlarge or improve on its pri...More Button

No, but it ought to worry you, because here is an admission that whatever we could do you cannot do better.More Button

That is precisely the point—that whatever we could do you cannot do better or, putting it the other way round, whatever you can do, we could do better. That is precisely the position. You came in to...More Button

The land is being drained of people. That is the point. You have had statistics furnished by your own Government, by the Government which you support—I do not know whether Dr. Browne supports it any ...More Button

I did not refer to any Minister. If Deputy Sweetman likes to push that cap on the head of the Minister for Agriculture, I surely am not responsible.More Button

You cannot put me in that position. You cannot cross-examine me. I made a statement which some people thought very appropriate to a particular member of the administration, but I am not responsible ...More Button

You are attempting to make me responsible for what you say. However, there is no use in getting into this sort of badinage. Clearly it is not palatable to those who support the Government, despite a...More Button

I am merely pointing out——More Button

I am merely pointing out that one of the reasons we welcome this Bill is that it is one of the aspects of Fianna Fáil policy which the Government has not been able to sabotage and undo. For that reas...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Local Government (County Administration) Bill, 1950—Committee Stage.

This is an example of an amendment that ought not to be put down. The speech which we have just listened to from Deputy Cowan shows that he put down this amendment in ignorance. I am not going to s...More Button

It is appropriate, and much more responsible than some of the Deputy's publications in relation to the question of Partition.More Button

No, except that there is the rather strange anomaly that the Deputy who wants to conquer the Six Counties by force——More Button

It is just as relevant as the proposal in the amendment to isolate Dublin County from Dublin City.More Button

Very well, then, what is the justification for the Deputy's proposal? Here are two administrative units which are so closely associated with each other that they have to have, in fact, a common water...More Button

Deputy Cowan's speech might have passed unanswered if in the last couple of minutes he had not shown that he did not understand his own amendment. He said that amendment No. 10, which we are discussi...More Button

The Deputy has admitted it. He has talked about the water supply for years. County Dublin was trying to conceive a scheme for the supply of water to North County Dublin and could not do it unless i...More Button

I did not say that. I said that was the alternative.More Button

It is a great pity that all Deputies are not gifted with the vivid imagination of Deputy Cowan. We have listened to him while he detailed at length how the city manager acted as city manager and how h...More Button

So we shall have two individuals dealing with the one letter, instead of one individual dealing with the same problem. We shall have two individuals dealing with one problem, instead of one. That wi...More Button

And Sligo-Leitrim.More Button

It seems to me that the Minister's approach to this matter is a reasonable and practical one, and I am surprised that Deputy Cowan should put down an amendment of the kind which now appears on the Ord...More Button

Let us not, because I have introduced this personal note, get away from what Deputy Cowan proposes to do. If he can square that with the democratic principles that were embodied in The Vanguard he ca...More Button

There is. Read it. The Deputy has not read it.More Button

That is a hypothetical case.More Button

Hear, hear, unlike Deputy Cowan.More Button

A group.More Button

I understand that Deputy Cowan has moved amendments Nos. 24, 25, 27 and 28, and that we are entitled to discuss these amendments on the section. I propose just to say a few words in comment upon the ...More Button

Oh, I have read amendment No. 22, but I do not see that they are related to each other; they stand separately. If the Deputy wanted to amend the section substantially he could have proposed to delete...More Button

Section 15 is a rather extraordinary section to appear in this Bill. I unfortunately had not the advantage of being in the House when the Minister for Local Government was introducing it, explaining ...More Button

If I am permitted to do so I move to report progress. Progress reported; Committee to sit again.More Button

Private Deputies' Business. - Adjournment Debate—Visit of Dutch Soldiers.

I do not know exactly whether my intentions have been expressed by the intimation which you have given to the Dáil, Sir, as to what I propose to discuss on this particular motion on the Adjournment.More Button

I did and that is precisely what I propose to read before I deal with this matter. The letter goes:— “Dear Deputy, As it might be inferred from the supplementary questions put by you in regard to the...More Button

Why not? It raises very important issues.More Button

I shall have to begin again because of that unseemly interruption from Deputy Cowan:—More Button

This is not a ruling of the Ceann Comhairle; it is not binding as a ruling.More Button

The Ceann Comhairle's ruling is binding on Deputies when it is delivered from the chair, not otherwise.More Button

When it is delivered from the chair of the House, not otherwise.More Button

Will the Leas-Cheann Comhairle deal with the matter? Apparently I cannot discuss the reply. It is not the question, however, I wish to discuss, but the answer. The answer is important because it in...More Button

It is to the substance of that reply and in particular to the phrasing of it that I wish to address myself and that is the question which I propose to raise in the House. I would be glad to know whet...More Button

I hope that I am perfectly capable of expressing myself and making statements on my own behalf, if the Leas-Cheann Comhairle will pardon me. The Leas-Cheann Comhairle, when I proceeded to explain to ...More Button

If, by any chance I should unwittingly stray outside the rules of order, I hope that the Leas-Cheann Comhairle will be forbearing and remember that I have nothing to guide me in the matter except the ...More Button

I am not talking about the big stick but about two members of the Government who are bound by the doctrine of collective responsibility which is written into our Constitution. How does the Taoiseach ...More Button

I suggest that if the Taoiseach's position as head of the Government is so insecure that he has to make a pronouncement, upon a matter so grave as that which was raised here by Deputy Dr. Maguire, tha...More Button


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