Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cork Industrial Development.

Tuesday, 9 March 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 252 No. 4

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Mr. Creed: Information on Donal Creed  Zoom on Donal Creed  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will [475] take steps to provide an industry for the town of Millstreet, County Cork, which has suffered from unemployment and emigration and which has been completely ignored in industrial development.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. Lalor): Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  The Government provide generous incentives towards the establishment and development of industries in all areas. It is primarily a matter for the promoter of an industrial undertaking to choose its location and local interests should do their best to encourage promoters to set up industries in their own areas.

The Industrial Development Authority are aware of the facilities available in the town of Millstreet and advise industrialists of their availability in appropriate cases. A number of small industries in the area have already received grants under the small industries programme but local interests might consider whether they could make greater use of the programme. I can assure the Deputy that any sound proposals for the establishment of industry in Millstreet by local or other interests will receive the full support of my Department and of the Industrial Development Authority.

Mr. Meaney: Information on Thomas J. V. Meaney  Zoom on Thomas J. V. Meaney  Could the Minister tell us what is the population of Millstreet? I understand that it has been increasing during the years and that there is very little unemployment there.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan  Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan  I would have thought the Deputy would know what is the population of Millstreet.

Mr. Meaney: Information on Thomas J. V. Meaney  Zoom on Thomas J. V. Meaney  I know what it is.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan  Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan  Then, why ask?

Mr. Meaney: Information on Thomas J. V. Meaney  Zoom on Thomas J. V. Meaney  Perhaps the Deputy would do something for his own town.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan  Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan  I am able to look after my own town very well.

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  Perhaps the Minister would tell us why some of the well-off supporters of Fianna Fáil do not set up industry there?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  My information is that [476] the total population of Millstreet at the time of the 1966 census was 1,316. I have no figures as to whether that has increased or decreased since then. The total number on the live register on 5th March of this year was 14 females and four males, making a total of 18.


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