Fitzgerald, Garrett

Thursday, 4 May 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 260 No. 11

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Immature Spirits (Restriction) Bill, 1972: Second Stage.

We accept that this Bill is in fulfilment of obligations under the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Area Agreement. One hopes a similar spirit of co-operation is to be found on the other side of the Irish Sea....More Button

Have a go.More Button

The purpose of the Bill is to enable Britain to drown us in vodka.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

On vodka?More Button

That was not the point I raised.More Button

And particularly the question of public contracts in Northern Ireland discriminating against the Republic.More Button

There are two points which I wish to mention. The Parliamentary Secretary did not tell us what the reference on 22.08 and 22.09 is. I would like to come back also on the question of the Revenue Comm...More Button

Under what Act have they that power? Suppose the Bill was defeated, what would happen then?More Button

Under what legislation have they power to waive the law?More Button

We thought they were independent until March, 1970.More Button

Yes, if the Parliamentary Secretary is prepared to take amendments.More Button

I want to put down an amendment, but I am quite willing to raise it ad hoc now. It is in relation to the question of the UK——More Button

I am willing to facilitate the Government if there is agreement to discuss my amendment.More Button

I would like to propose an amendment.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Markpress Agency.

Will the Parliamentary Secretary have regard to the general concern that the public relations of this country should be in the hands of a foreign agency, one associated with having oversold in another...More Button

Indeed, yes.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Social Insurance Contributions.

Surely the Minister is capable of making a simple estimate of the amount of the increase in the contribution. It is just a job that could be done on the back of an envelope. An estimate could be giv...More Button

It is a possible reasons, but even for this Government it is hardly a credible one.More Button

A non-answer, as usual.More Button

What are we paying for?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - ESB Loan.

Could the Minister say how he reconciles the statement he has made with the fact that in the past year the private sector have reduced their borrowing from the Associated Banks and the Government have...More Button

My point is that the Central Bank report and other statements, including the Minister's, have made it clear that the Associated Banks faced a situation during the past year in which the demands for pr...More Button

Largely irrelevant.More Button

What was the date?More Button

The credit year ended in mid-April.More Button

We cannot chop down the years like that.More Button

I am talking about the credit year ended in mid-April.More Button

What is interbank rate?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Civil Servants Political Rights.

The rest of us.More Button

Why not?More Button

Except in the case of a number of people in the higher grades of the Civil Service who are concerned with policy. We are talking about the great bulk of the 15,000 who are deprived of their rights.More Button

All of them should have some of the rights they are deprived of, and the great majority should have all of the rights they are deprived of.More Button

Would the Minister not agree that this important political matter should not be decided solely by the process of conciliation and arbitration but that it should be discussed in this House before a dec...More Button

Surely at some stage the Minister has to say “yes” or “no”. He is responsible in this House for saying “yes” or “no”. Could we not debate whether he should say “yes” or “no” in a matter of political ...More Button

After the Minister has decided in his usual arrogant manner.More Button

After consultation.More Button

Yes. That is what Parliament is for.More Button

Not every decision.More Button

The Minister should try not to treat the House with contempt.More Button

Is to be a rubber stamp.More Button

After the damage is done.More Button

When we do we will not adopt the Minister's arrogant attitude.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Farm Modernisation Directive.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (a) whether the EEC farm modernisation directive of 24th March makes provision for 65 per cent community assistance in backward regions as stated in th...More Button

I am sorry I missed part of the Minister's reply, but it is important that this point be clarified. My understanding is that, although the statement issued in the communiqué in the Council of Minister...More Button

Will the Minister agree with me that, in fact, it will apply to any farmer submitting a modernisation plan whose income is at present below that of the average non-agricultural worker in the area in w...More Button

Does the Minister also agree that farms which do not fall within the scheme can still get State aid with interest rates subsidised down to 5 per cent, even if they do not come within the category elig...More Button

From our Government in this country.More Button

I am not too sure, in those cases, with assistance from the Community Fund but our Government are entitled to give such aid to any farm under the directive rule.More Button

I should like to ask the Minister with regard to B, whether he has clarified this point about the administration of the proposed scheme, whether assistance for this comes from the fund or not. My own...More Button

Does the Minister agree that there is great merit in its being flexible and that this country can produce its own scheme in the general framework of financial assistance from the Community?More Button

Yes, I heard that. Question No. 36 postponed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Forcible Entry Legislation.

Could the Minister say what the force of that objection is, bearing in mind that we get rather heterogeneous Bills before us, including aesthetics?More Button

It was not that it would be untidy?More Button

What binding force would that have?More Button

Would the Minister agree that he did not give advice that he could not do it—that it is a matter of aesthetic judgment rather than a binding force?More Button

That is better. It took a bit to get that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Firearms Statistics.

Could the Minister say whether the report that it was stolen was previous or subsequent to the robbery?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Air Corps Resignation.

We thought the Parliamentary Secretary's reference to the French and Dutch Armies suggested he was.More Button

It does not suggest much knowledge, I admit.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Votes at 18.

Surely it must be this term when the Government envisage the referendum in September?More Button

September?More Button

How can the referendum take place in September if we do not have legislation until September?More Button

But somebody did say September when this thing was first discussed.More Button

Could I press the Parliamentary Secretary on this because the whole point of the Government announcement of a September referendum was presumably that the collection of names for the register which ta...More Button

That can be done even if the legislation is not enacted until after the names are collected?More Button

Everything possible is not good enough.More Button

When?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Housing of Itinerant Families.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the provision is totally inadequate in Dublin city, that there are many itinerants who cannot find accommodation in serviced sites, that the corporation are p...More Button

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that there is not any effort being made and that the corporation are evicting people from sites or seeking to do so by legal process——More Button


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