L'Estrange, Gerald

Thursday, 2 December 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 257 No. 6

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Personal Explanation by Minister.

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle——More Button

I have the file here which was refused to the Comptroller and Auditor General by an order of the present Minister and I want to put the truth on the record.More Button

I was challenged yesterday by the Minister for Finance and the Minister, and here is the file that came out of the office of the Minister for Justice through an official who did not agree with the Min...More Button

I want to ask the Minister did he not, in tears upstairs, ask me not to produce that file three years ago?More Button

It is the truth.More Button

The Minister asked me in tears not to produce the file. (Interruptions.)More Button

The Minister's late father asked me not to produce it and I told him upstairs that I would not produce it unless the Minister made an attack on me and if he did I would produce it. He asked me with t...More Button

He asked me with tears in his eyes not to produce the file.More Button

I have the file here now and 25 copies which I will give to the Press.More Button

I will give one to the Taoiseach if necessary and he can hold an investigation.More Button

There is the file that I was challenged to produce and I am prepared to put it on the records of this House. Am I not to be given an opportunity——More Button

The Minister came to me with tears in his eyes and said: “For God's sake do not produce the file” and I said I would not unless the Minister attacked me.More Button

I said that if the Minister ever attacked me I would produce it. The Minister called me a liar but I am no liar.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Committee on Constitution.

asked the Taoiseach if in view of the non-sectarian tradition of society in the Republic he will make a statement on the Government's intentions concerning the report of the all-party committee on the...More Button

asked the Taoiseach if he has considered legislation to amend the Constitution in conformity with the recommendations of the all-party committee on the Constitution and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Is the Taoiseach aware that on 22nd October, 1969, he stated in this House that, as I suggested in the course of a radio interview on 21st September, 1969, the Government would be prepared to initiate...More Button

Does the Taoiseach not admit that two years ago in this House——More Button

He made a definite statement that he intended to introduce a Bill——More Button

Does the Taoiseach intend to continue trying to cod and fool the people or does he intend to govern? Why make a statement two years ago and do nothing about it since?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employment Figures.

asked the Taoiseach the total number employed in (a) industrial occupations and (b) agriculture at 30th September, 1956 and 31st March, 1971.More Button

Could the Parliamentary Secretary give us any reason for this colossal drop in the number of people at work? How can he reconcile that with the promises made——More Button

There are over 100,000 fewer people at work today than there were 16 years ago. The Parliamentary Secretary has no answer.More Button

What about the 100,000 new jobs? What about “Wives get your husbands back to work”? They got them to work in Liverpool, Birmingham and other cities in England. When you are comparing figures you sh...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Road Traffic Accidents.

asked the Minister for Health if he has had an examination made of the percentage of hospital beds occupied by persons injured in road traffic accidents; if so, with what result; and if not, if he wil...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hospitals Trust Fund.

asked the Minister for Health if he will state in respect of each of the last four years the income and expenditure of the Hospitals Trust Fund; the present balance in the fund; and the manner in whic...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - School Medical Examinations.

asked the Minister for Health the total number of national schools and the number in which medical examinations have been completed in respect of eligible children in each of the years 1968, 1969 and ...More Button

Can the Minister say whether the number has increased or decreased in each of the past three years?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dental Benefit Scheme.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare if there is a danger of a breakdown in the scheme of dental benefits because of the failure of his Department and the Irish Dental Association to agree on a claim...More Button

Is the Minister aware that in the last couple of months dentists in some areas were refusing to extract teeth for social welfare people, that they told them there was a row on between themselves and t...More Button

They will bare their teeth.More Button

Political gimmickry. The two are the same. There is no difference between them.More Button

The two are exactly the same.More Button

When questions are on the same subject they are always taken together.More Button

The Deputy had a year in which to put it down. I have not seen his name on the Order Paper in the last year. He had plenty of time to do it.More Button

He does not know. It is not written in the reply so he cannot think of anything. What do you expect from the “second eleven”?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Shannon Drainage.

That was prior to the by-election.More Button

It is like the £100,000.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cattle Prices.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will indicate the likely trend of cattle prices for 1972.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meat Factory Report.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is aware of a report (details supplied) that meat factory managements, which are soon to meet the Minister on the subsidy question, maintain that...More Button

Is the Minister not aware that many meat factories are trying to keep their work force in employment but they have been on quarter time in some factories for the past few months? Unless something is ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meetings with NFA.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the number of times he has met and has had discussions with the NFA; the number of occasions on which officers of his Department have received the NFA...More Button

Can the Minister tell us if there are better relations now between the Minister and the farming organisations than there were between them and his predecessor? Surely the Minister is aware that durin...More Button

Surely we all know the relations that existed in the past.More Button

Surely we are entitled to ask if relations are better at present.More Button

Farmers were arrested for parading outside the Dáil gates and no one else has been arrested for doing that since.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dairy Products.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is satisfied with the progress to-date of the campaign to promote the sale of milk and dairy products on the home market; and, if not, what steps...More Button

Surely the Minister is aware that the consumption of butter is dropping and that the consumption of margarine, which we have to import, has been increasing over the past few years.More Button

Could somebody not produce some milk drink which could be popularised and which the jet set could drink instead of their gins and tonic and vodka?More Button

What has the Minister to say? I should like to know because I drink milk.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Horse Quarantine Arrangements.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is aware of the dispute between the Irish Bloodstock Breeders' Association and his Department concerning the quarantine facilities for 23 valuabl...More Button

Is the Minister saying there was very little co-operation?More Button

Or to any of the Department's officials?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Inland Salmon Fisheries.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries what it would cost in compensation to take into public ownership all inland salmon fisheries; and if he will state Government policy on the matter.More Button

Can the Parliamentary Secretary give us any idea as to when the report will be in his hands?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Food Subsidies.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce the maximum amount paid in the form of food subsidies in any 12 month period.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Exercises.

asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware of a report (details supplied) that all mortar weapons used by the army and FCA have been temporarily recalled from active service until further notice; i...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Combat Uniforms.

It takes the Government three years to move on anything.More Button

When the State was founded they built up this Army when other people were running it down. Michael Collins founded it. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Border Patrols.

Surely the Minister is aware they have instructions to keep their eyes closed in many cases? When they apprehended a group of men about a month ago men with machine guns told them to get off, which t...More Button

I am not prepared to withdraw it.More Button

I have no intention of doing so, I cannot withdraw the truth.More Button

I shall leave the House, I will not withdraw the truth. There is neither law nor order in the country.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Withholding of Rents.

asked the Minister for Local Government (a) the number of local authority tenants at present withholding rents and money, (b) the total amount of money due and (c) and if he is prepared to meet the te...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Telephone Kiosks.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (a) the number of telephone booths in Dublin in each of the past four years, (b) the number damaged in each of these years, (c) the cost of repairing them a...More Button

Written Answers. - State Company Capital.

asked the Taoiseach if he will state, in respect of the boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of capital employed...More Button

asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of ca...More Button

asked the Minister for Transport and Power if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount o...More Button

asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of cap...More Button

asked the Minister for Labour if he will state, in respect of the boards, State companies or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of capital...More Button

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of capital e...More Button

asked the Minister for the Gaeltacht if he will state, in respect of the boards and State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount...More Button

Written Answers. - Gaeltarra Éireann.

asked the Minister for Education if he will state, in respect of the boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of cap...More Button

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will state, in respect of the boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) t...More Button

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state, in respect of the boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department, for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the a...More Button

asked the Minister for Local Government if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount of ca...More Button

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will state, in respect of boards, State companies, or any other bodies under the aegis of his Department for 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (a) the amount ...More Button


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