Lenihan, Patrick J.

Wednesday, 7 July 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 255 No. 5

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Membership of EEC.

I do not accept the Deputy's suggestion that EEC membership will bring about a worsening of the situation of small farmers and I would refer him to the reply given by the Minister for Agriculture and ...More Button

I am not answering questions about the Late Late Show.More Button

It is apparent that the immediate benefits that will come into effect on the 1st January, 1973 in respect of the agricultural community cannot but have a beneficial influence.More Button

The Government intend to place before the Oireachtas and the public in the proposed White Paper the terms of accession and all other considerations which are relevant to our application for membershi...More Button

It is quite clear to anybody with common sense that the White Paper must inevitably have regard to the implications for Ireland of remaining outside the Community.More Button

Yes, of course it is.More Button

“Quantification” is a very large term but the facts relating to our remaining outside and what these facts would mean as far as the Irish community is concerned will be contained in the White Paper.More Button

I do not know the precise nature of the quantification.More Button

All aspects will be contained in the White Paper, sufficient for a mature decision to be reached by the Irish Parliament and by the people.More Button

The position is that the Community has not as yet put proposals to us in regard to the motor car assembly industry. Until proposals are adopted by the Council of Ministers and formally put to us, I d...More Button

First things first. The Minister has been seeking to have meetings with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions this week on this matter and owing to their involvement in a conference in Limerick this has ...More Button

This is a matter of very detailed and delicate discussion at present and the Minister is in full touch with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the matter.More Button

This is a matter under discussion at the present point of time.More Button

Obviously any negotiations must be delicate in the national interest. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Donegal Worker's Insurance.

The Embassy at London has been in touch with the British authorities concerned. I understand that the person named had not the minimum requisite number of contributions to enable his widow to qualify...More Button

Following the suggestion made by Deputy Coughlan in the House this is being looked into very closely by the Embassy in London with the authorities in Scotland with a view to ensuring that in the futur...More Button

I agree with much of what the Deputy says in that there is an obvious case of injustice. One decision that has been taken after consultation between the Irish Embassy and the authorities in Scotland ...More Button

As far as the future is concerned——More Button

As far as the future is concerned, the authorities have got the matter under control now.More Button

The only practical thing we can do now, by reason of the non-contributions involved is to see whether under the British Industrial Injuries Act compensation can be paid. The British Ministry concerned...More Button

That is a matter for the British authorities and they are considering that at the moment as well. (Interruptions.)More Button

The Irish embassy in London have, at all stages, been fighting this case of injustice as, indeed, I appreciate Deputy Coughlan has as well.More Button

The next of kin have been fully informed as to their rights in the matter and the question of prosecution is a matter for the British authorities. All I can assure the House is that the subterfuge by...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Potato Picking Workers.

I am not convinced that to seek a ban on the entry into Scotland of certain persons engaged in contracting for potato picking would constitute a solution to the question of the Irish seasonal potato w...More Button

Surely the sensible approach is to stimulate the British authorities into remedying a situation which has the unfortunate results of which we are aware. This now seems to be the position. The Britis...More Button

I understand the British authorities are fully aware of the situation and at the moment, because of our stimulation, are considering what can be done to remedy the position. (Interruptions.)More Button

This is a matter that arises in another administration.More Button

Indeed they have and there has been intervention by the Irish Embassy with the authorities in Scotland on this matter. (Interruptions.)More Button

And detailed reports which we have to hand on the whole matter. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tourist Industry.

I am informed by Bord Fáilte that the results of the board's survey of tourist traffic in June, 1971 will not be available until later this month.More Button

I have said already that the whole pattern of tourism is changing and that much more than in the past we are now developing a type of tourism that does not engage in advance booking where people are c...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that we had that situation very much in hand months ago in regard to tour traffic. This is involved in the change in the pattern of tourism. You may have fewer people coming ...More Button

The grant-in-aid for Bord Fáilte in the current financial year amounts to £6,230,000, an increase of £680,000 on the 1970-71 provision. This amount was settled in the light of the overall demands on t...More Button

I dispute the logic of the Deputy's supplementary which suggests that unlimited subventions to Bord Fáilte or any other such organisation are the answer. What we want is value for what we subvent to ...More Button

Every Deputy is aware of that problem which has arisen because of the unfortunate events in the north eastern part of this island in the past two years. Let us not fool ourselves: no amount of public...More Button

Section 4(4) of the Tourist Traffic Act, 1939, provides for the appointment of members of the Board of Bord Fáilte Éireann by the Minister for Transport and Power with the consent of the Minister for ...More Button

The Deputy's remarks are not very helpful. Last September, on my initiative, the national tourism council was established under which Bord Fáilte and the various interests concerned in tourism meet t...More Button

The Deputy and the House can be assured that the results at the end of this year will not bear out the predictions in which the Deputy has been indulging.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - ESB Investigation

This is a matter which is under consideration. I will make an announcement in due course.More Button

I think I have answered that question. The matter is under consideration and I will be able to give full details very shortly.More Button

It is under discussion at the moment between my Department and the ESB.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - CIE Report.

As I have recently informed the House, I expect the consultants to submit their final report this month. Allowing time for Government consideration and printing, the published report should be availa...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Bay Development.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 19 together. I am informed by the Dublin Port and Docks Board that their long-term plan for the port will take the for...More Button

It was given to the Fianna Fáil organisation in the constituency concerned who were naturally and actively concerned about this matter.More Button

Fianna Fáil.More Button

There has been a delay.More Button

The delay was caused by the consultants who had been hired to help in the preparation of the proposals. The matter is now with the Dublin Port and Docks Board and a definitive statement and full publ...More Button

As long as the Government and the Ministers concerned in this matter are fully appraised of the situation, and as long as the public are fully appraised of the proposals involved, in my view this repr...More Button

It is a very petty question.More Button

I have given a Deputy the full assurance which has been received by me from the Dublin Port and Docks Board that the planning authority must give their agreement to any such proposals.More Button

Yes.More Button

There is an effective planning authority administration under the commissioner.More Button

I have mentioned that the fullest publication will be made of the proposals. Full consideration will be given by the Government and the Minister concerned and nothing will be done that cannot be appr...More Button

If necessary, every inquiry that can be envisaged will be carried out. First we must see the proposals and what is involved and then, if necessary, the Government can take all steps, including the s...More Button

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