Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tullamore Industry.

Thursday, 4 November 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 256 No. 7

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Mr. Connolly: Information on Gerard C. Connolly  Zoom on Gerard C. Connolly  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce what type of industry will be established in the new IDA advance factory in Tullamore, County Offaly.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  The project is one for the manufacture of industrial protective clothing. I should, perhaps, say that, while the negotiations for the establishment of the industry are at an advanced stage, they have not yet been finalised.

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Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if, in view of recent redundancies in a firm at Tullamore, County Offaly (name supplied), and the crippling effect they are having because of existing unemployment there, he will give details of proposals for advance factories and indicate the range of industrial grants being made available to alleviate the serious unemployment problem in the town.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  A contract has been placed by the Industrial Development Authority for the construction of a 22,000 square feet advance factory at Tullamore, County Offaly, and building is expected to commence early this month. Negotiations with the promoters of a project for the factory are in progress.

In accordance with the Industrial Development Act, 1969, grants of up to 45 per cent of fixed assets may be given for new and small industry projects in non-designated areas such as Tullamore.

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  Is the purpose of building this factory to give employment in the building industry?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  No. It is also a contributory factor but it is the consequential employment that will be forthcoming when the factory has been erected——

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  The Minister is a simple man.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I can never read the Deputy's unwritten and unasked questions. I can only take them on their face value.

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  This is a plain question.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  What about the unanswered questions in the Minister's party?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I answer every question I am asked.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  They are under the carpet.

[1230]An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Denis Francis Jones  Zoom on Denis Francis Jones  The Minister should be allowed to answer his questions.

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Mr. Cowen: Information on Bernard Cowen  Zoom on Bernard Cowen  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware that there is considerable speculation about the future of a firm at Tullamore, County Offaly (name supplied) arising from recent redundancies and if he has taken any steps to ensure that the employment of the workers in this industry will be maintained.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I have had a discussion with the trade union representatives both at national group and local level in relation to redundancies recently notified by the firm in question and my Department are considering the matters put forward by the union representatives. The employment situation in the firm and in the textile industry in general is being kept under constant review.

Mr. Cowen: Information on Bernard Cowen  Zoom on Bernard Cowen  Is there any hope that those who are redundant could be re-employed within the firm? Could the Minister give any view on that?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  As of now it is impossible to give any sort of an encouraging view, but discussions are going on and I made arrangements recently with a view to having discussions with the management to see what can be done to try to get over the problem that exists at present in the individual factory.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  Live horse and you will get Fianna Fáil grass.

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  Are we to understand from the Minister's reply to Deputy Cowen that the unemployment which is so vast in Clara is now being extended to the larger town of Tullamore?

Mr. Cowen: Information on Bernard Cowen  Zoom on Bernard Cowen  I can tell the Deputy for his information that at present there are as many employed as there were when Goodbodys were at their peak.

Dr. O'Donovan: Information on John O'Donovan  Zoom on John O'Donovan  I am glad to give the Deputy a chance to come in.

[1231]Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  Being from Clara the Deputy can state the up to date position.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Why did he ask the question?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I know that the Deputy will be pleased to learn——

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  Tell us the truth about Tullamore.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I have already replied.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  The Minister is from the constituency.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I am.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  That is damn bad for people there who are out of work and seeking employment.

Mr. Cowen: Information on Bernard Cowen  Zoom on Bernard Cowen  This will be looked after.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  Over in England with the other million who left.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I can only hope that I can do as well for Tullamore as will be done for Clara——

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  What about the rest of the country?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  ——and as is being done for Clara.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  Parish politics, trying to do something for your own constituency and neglecting the rest of the country.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I was accused——

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  Redundancies are double what they were last year and unemployment is up by 10,000.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Denis Francis Jones  Zoom on Denis Francis Jones  We cannot have a discussion on redundancy during Question Time.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  He says he did his best but it is a poor best.

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  It is better than the Deputy will ever get an opportunity of doing.


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