Dillon, James Matthew

Tuesday, 25 March 1969

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 239 No. 6

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Nigerian Arms Supply.

Is not the heart of the problem of the acute suffering the indiscriminate bombing arising from the fact that the Federal Government are employing mercenary pilots from outside Nigeria over which they ...More Button

Does the Minister believe that?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Maintenance of Monaghan Bridges and Roadways.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he intends to incorporate in the next Transport Bill provision for compensation to the Monaghan County Council for its maintenance of overline bridges and roadwa...More Button

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware of the endless confusion and difficulty arising on almost every front in County Monaghan as a result of continued doubt about the title to the abandoned land of th...More Button

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware of the absurd situation arising out of the fact that Monaghan County Council claim that there were rates due of about £300 from the Lagan Navigation Company before...More Button

No, it was not. I was in the process of drafting a Bill to take it over. I am asking the Minister to implement the Bill which I was in the process of drafting. The Deputy ought to have more sense a...More Button

A short Bill will settle the whole thing.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Corporal Punishment in Schools.

I take it that this is an exercise in psychology?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Social Welfare Pensioners.

You have reciprocity in every other way, why not have it here?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Verolme Dockyard.

What is the ECSC?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trading Stamps.

Is not everything in this country in foreign hands now?More Button

Order of Business.

On a point of order, the Government is the Government of the country and we have been always jealous in this House that the authority of the Government as the lawful executive should not extend to th...More Button

I want to pursue my original point of order. I do not want to argue with the Taoiseach about what happened in the House. That was a matter for the Chair who was present.More Button

Neither have I about what transpired. What I am concerned with is what it is alleged took place in this House, which is under your jurisdiction, a Cheann Comhairle——More Button

——Leinster House is Leinster House and those premises are under the jurisdiction of the Ceann Comhairle. It is alleged that not only was bad language used but that there was physical violence. I re...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Insurance Bill, 1969: Committee and Final Stages.

Perhaps the Minister would be kind enough to tell us what is the drafting reason which renders this amendment necessary?More Button

It is just as well to get that clear.More Button

We are changing “1961” to “1964”.More Button

Would it unduly trouble the Minister to tell me what exactly does this Bill do?More Button

The Minister will not deny me the right to hear it on the Fifth Stage after the Bill has been considered and amended.More Button

Is this related to the Kuwait operation?More Button

I am not criticising the Bill for being a bit obscure but if a building contractor secures a contract in France, Kuwait or any other foreign administration and hires an architect, a quantity surveyor ...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Bretton Woods Agreements (Amendment) Bill, 1968: Second Stage.

Hear, hear.More Button

Only one greater disaster could overtake this country than to find a goldmine and that would be to find an oilwell.More Button

We will never have to live with it. The stench of oil would bring every international rogue in the world straggling to us. God deliver us from oil. We will not find much gold or oil in our territor...More Button

Only once did Germany experience involuntary uncontrolled inflation. Do not imagine that Dr. Schacht's inflation was anything but a deliberately planned operation in order to defraud Germany's credito...More Button

It is not at all impossible that there could be further incidents of that kind. We are here struggling with an inflation of our own. Remember, our conditions will be looked at with a cold detached st...More Button

In what terms?More Button

Nonsense. We are at the moment, as the Minister rightly said on television, on the edge of a precipice. We cannot have it both ways. It is this kind of mad talk that has brought the country to the s...More Button

But suppose that instead of selling their reserves they transferred what they had here outside and followed them. Does the Minister never envisage that possibility?More Button

On the contrary, I said they might transfer these reserves out of our jurisdiction and access to them by taking with them as much more as they had here, and themselves to boot. A small nation cannot ...More Button

The Minister, moving on these high planes of technical discussion, would relate these figures to the international trade which has already been mentioned?More Button

It is fortunate this debate has taken place to extract these words of wisdom from the Minister. He is now beginning to relate reality to reality. The Minister mentions £260 million external reserves...More Button

It is underlying the whole problem.More Button

Is gold not being hoarded because of threatening inflation? If the gold came out from under the beds and from the Swiss banks and circulated freely then the problem——More Button

It is costly.More Button

And swear never to buy by-elections with public money.More Button

Cork and Kildare began it. Question put and agreed to.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Bretton Woods Agreements (Amendment) Bill, 1968 : Committee and Final Stages.

We are now, of course, passing this Bill. We have heard the Minister replying to the Second Stage and he has rightly said, quite apart from the broad issues which I raised in the context of our Secon...More Button

Here is Deputy T.F. O'Higgins.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 12: Superannuation and Retired Allowances.

Damnified.More Button

This Estimate for Superannuation and Retired Allowances is a very precious one to me. It refers to widows and orphans. I have told the story in this House of a colleague of mine who, when he came in...More Button

Deputy Tully says there is no comparison. I do not think it is irrelevant to bear in mind that, according to Mr. Mansholt, at the end of this year there will be 460,000 tons of surplus butter in stor...More Button

Much as I revere the reverend Général, I think we are just as well out of it at the present time as in. I would be all for the Atlantic partnership envisaged by President Kennedy outside Independence...More Button

Suppose they contribute retrospectively? Suppose they pay in now what their husbands would have paid had the scheme been in operation in their lifetime?More Button

More power to the ladies' elbows.More Button

I think that is going too far because I think the Minister is slowly slithering over to the position in which he will say he agrees.More Button

One million pounds per annum?More Button

It would include all the widows who are already widowed. The figure could not be that because it must be a diminishing figure.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 16: Miscellaneous Expenses.

I hope the Minister will communicate to his colleagues the courtesy which was afforded to him in dealing with the business of the House.More Button

The Minister might get a black eye in the process if he does. Vote put and agreed to. Vote reported and agreed to.More Button

Written Answers. - Gross National Product.

asked the Taoiseach what was the gross national product at constant 1958 market prices for each year 1947 to 1967 inclusive.More Button


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