Committee on Finance. - Vote 35—Local Government.
I do not wish to repeat what Deputy Sweetman has just said but there are a few salient points which I should refer to. Estimates sometimes are misleading. There are in Estimates commitments which som...
On a point of order, would the Deputy state when the Taoiseach's guarantee was dishonoured by the banks?
Would the Deputy withdraw the allegation if he is unable to substantiate it?
Will he substantiate it?
Produce the figures.
Give us one scheme.
And you want to build more.
That is quite true.
Which then became due.
What happened since?
Where is the change in the situation now?
There is no change there.
Did it not work?
You are still using them.
The insurance companies' contribution.
Last year there were 6,909——
And we never heard from either of the two of them since.
The Deputy can say that again.
I said that three years ago.
I did not want money to do that.
And certain Fianna Fáil members of local authorities.
They shut their eyes to them when I gave them those powers.
Did they get the money since?
Was there a solitary person who built who was not paid?
Will the Deputy give us the name of one person who was entitled to a grant and did not get it?
And they were never paid?
Was it due then?
On a point of order, no such legislation was introduced in this House. There was never any definition as to what a man of modest means was. No legislation was ever introduced to define it.
The Deputy alleges that legislation was introduced here to define who should get loans under the Small Dwellings (Acquisition) Acts. No such legislation was ever introduced.
It is a matter of truth.
We dealt with fish earlier.
We had fish and bus fares already.
Committee on Finance. - Vote 35—Local Government (resumed).
The local authorities stopped planning then?
While they were requested by me to continue their planning.
We have done nothing that we are afraid of.
The Minister could deal with Deputy MacCarthy's question on the appointment of officers.