Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC: Resettlement of Disemployed Industrial Workers.

Tuesday, 4 December 1962

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 198 No. 4

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47.

Dr. Browne: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  and Mr. McQuillan asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether persons then unemployed, or disemployed as a consequence of changes designed to make Irish industry generally efficient and competitive, will be eligible for retraining and resettlement, should Ireland enter the EEC as a full member.

49.

Dr. Browne: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  and Mr. McQuillan asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether the 180 men recently disemployed as a result of the closing of flour mills will be eligible for alternative employment, resettlement or retraining schemes, to be made available for persons disemployed as a result of industrial regroupment necessitated by Ireland's proposed entry into the EEC.

[528]Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. J. Lynch): Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 49 together.

If the Deputies are referring to the European Social Fund, the Position appears to be that assistance can be sought from the Fund in respect of schemes for the retraining and resettlement of any unemployed or disemployed workers. In regard to the remaining aspects of the questions, I would refer the Deputies to replies given to questions on this matter on the 14th and 22nd November, 1962. I wish to make it clear, however, that the redundancy in the flour milling industry is a result of a reduction in the consumption of flour and bread and not of our application for membership of the EEC.

Mr. McQuillan: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  Will the Minister state, with reference to Question No. 47, whethere persons disemployed as a consequence of the change will be given an opportunity of getting retraining and resettlement? Will he state what is the position of all the people who are likely to be disemployed between now and the date of our application? Will those individuals be in a position, through Government aid, to have access to money for retraining or resettlement in view of the fact that their disemployment is the result of preparations for entering the EEC?

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  As the Deputy has been informed already, this whole matter is under consideration by a special committee and, as he has also been informed, it is not possible for us to say in advance of our negotiations whether any workers rendered redundant as he suggests will be entitled to access to the Special Fund in anticipation of our membership of the Common Market. These are matters that are under close consideration, on the one hand, and will be subject to detailed negotiations on the other, when we undertake them with Common Market countries.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  The purposes for which the Fund can be used are quite clear, are they not?

[529]Mr. McQuillan: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  Is it possible for the Minister at this stage to say if, pending a decision arising from the negotiations with the EEC members, the Government are in a position to offer any hope of resettlement or compensation for those who will be disemployed?

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  These matters are under consideration by the committee. I do not want to give an indication, in advance of their examination.

Mr. McQuillan: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  I do not want to prejudice this matter. Would the Minister allay the uneasiness that is in the public mind and in the minds of people who are likely to be disemployed, by stating that the Government are particularly interested, as far as resettlement is concerned?

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  The Government's plans will be announced at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. McQuillan: Information on John McQuillan  Zoom on John McQuillan  Is the Minister in a position to indicate that such announcement will be made early in the New Year?

Mr. J. Lynch: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  No. I have nothing further to add to what I have already said.

Mr. T. Lynch: Information on Thaddeus Lynch  Zoom on Thaddeus Lynch  Have we started to negotiate yet?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan  Zoom on Patrick Hogan  Question No 48.


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