Written Answers. - Expenditure on Film Making.

Wednesday, 9 July 1969

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 241 No. 3

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101.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Taoiseach the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  No such expenditure occurred in relation to my Department.

102.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Health the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Health (Mr. Childers): Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers  Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers  The reply, in so far as my Department are concerned, is “nil”.

103.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (Mr. Blaney): Information on Neil T.C. Blaney  Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney  The following is the information sought by the Deputy for each of the past four financial years:—

[301]Year Total Amount Paid Amount Paid to Irish Irish Film-makers
£ £
1965-66 14,081 10,781
1966-67 5,000 nil
1967-68 17,000 6,225
1968-69 3,240 700

104.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Local Government the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Local Government (Mr. Boland): Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  Following is the information:

Year Amount spent by National Building Agency
1965-66 £2,000
1966-67 £1,000
1967-68 £1,000
1968-69 Nil

All of the above payments were made to an Irish film-maker, in respect of a film on the Ballymun project, and 50 per cent of the expenditure has been recouped by the consortium of contractors.

105.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Social Welfare the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

[302]Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Boland): Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  The answer is none.

106.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Justice the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Moran): Information on Michael Moran  Zoom on Michael Moran  The answer is none: there are no semi-State companies under the aegis of my Department.

107.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for External Affairs the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Hillery): Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  There are no semi-State companies under the aegis of my Department.

108.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Finance (Mr. Haughey): Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The following is the only expenditure on film making in the years mentioned by the Deputy so far as the Statesponsored bodies under the aegis of my Department are concerned:—

Body Year Total amount paid Amount paid to Irish film-makers
£ £
Agricultural Credit Corporation 1959
Ltd. (Jan.-June) 1,215 1,215
Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann Teo. 1965
Group (July-Dec.) 1,500 300
1966 9,185 600
1967 6,800 1,800
1968 6,000 2,000
1969 3,000 700
(Jan.-June)
Irish Life Assurance Co. Ltd. 1968 2,000 2,000
Racing Board 1967 350 350

[303]109.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Transport and Power the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four [304] years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Transport and Power (Mr. B. Lenihan): Information on Patrick J. Lenihan  Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan  Following is the information requested:—

1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69
State Company Total amount spent Amount paid to Irish film-makers Total amount spent Amount paid to Irish film-makers Total amount spent Amount paid to Irish film-makers Total amount spent Amount paid to Irish film-makers
£ £ £ £ £ £ £ £
1. Aer Lingus Teo 3,775 1,275 5,130 2,000 580 580 20,900 15,400
2. Aerlínte Teo Nil Nil Nil Nil
3. Aer Rianta Teo Nil Nil Nil Nil
4. Bord Fáilte Éireann 16,150 13,505 566 492 7,242 1,896 27,447 18,257
5. Bord na Móna 8,550 8,550 577 577 Nil Nil
6. Electricity Supply Board 2,000 2,000 1,680 1,680 Nil 4,200 4,200
7. British and Irish Steampacket Co. Ltd. Nil Nil Nil 5,000 5,000
8. Irish Shipping Ltd. Nil Nil Nil Nil
9. Córas Iompair Éireann 750 paid to Dept. of External Affairs 815 paid to Dept. of External Affairs Nil 1,500 1,500
10. Ostlanna Iompair Éireann Nil Nil Nil Nil
Total 31,225 25,330 8,768 4,749 7,822 2,476 59,047 44,357

NOTE: In the case of Aer Lingus, the Electricity Supply Board and the British and Irish Steampacket Co. Ltd., figures refer to calendar years.

[307]110.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Labour the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Labour (Mr. J. Brennan): Information on Joseph Brennan  Zoom on Joseph Brennan  The answer is “nil”.

111.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Colley): Information on George Colley  Zoom on George Colley  The answer to the first part of the question is £3,562 in 1965-66, £98 in 1966-67, £1,930 in 1967-68 and £5,344 in 1968-69. The answer to the second part is £1,024 in 1965-66 and all of the expenditure in the other three years.

112.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for the Gaeltacht the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for the Gaeltacht (Mr. Colley): Information on George Colley  Zoom on George Colley  Ní raibh aon chaiteachas dá leithéid sin ann.

113.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Lands the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Lands (Mr. S. Flanagan): Information on Seán Flanagan  Zoom on Seán Flanagan  There are no semi-State companies under the aegis of the Department of Lands.

114.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Education the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Education (Mr. Faulkner): Information on Padraig Faulkner  Zoom on Padraig Faulkner  There are no semi-State [308] companies operating under the aegis of my Department.

115.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Defence the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Defence (Mr. J. Gibbons): Information on James M. Gibbons  Zoom on James M. Gibbons  There are no semi-State companies under the aegis of my Department.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the total amount of money spent by all semi-State companies under the aegis of his Department in each of the past four years in film making; and how much of this was paid to Irish film-makers.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Lalor): Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  Radio Telefís Éireann is the only semi-State body for which I have a responsibility. I am advised by the Authority that the amounts spent by it in film-making in the past four years were as follows, comprising the cost of the Authority's own film-making activities and payments to other Irish film-makers:—

1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69
£129,000 £155,000 £196,000 £252,000

The figures quoted include small varying amounts (1 per cent to 1½ per cent) for processing abroad of the completed films.


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