O'Connell, John F.

Thursday, 19 July 1973

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 267 No. 9

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Housing of NI Citizens in Republic.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he will indicate the facilities for housing offered to Irish citizens from Northern Ireland who, because of intimidation, are forced to come and live permane...More Button

Is the Minister aware that the housing authorities are not complying with these regulations? People from the North who want to live here because of intimidation in the North are being treated as forei...More Button

Yes, I have no doubt about that. I would ask the Minister to ask his colleague to send a circular to housing authorities asking them to consider such cases as emergency cases.More Button

Is the Minister aware that in Dublin they are operating a four-year residency clause for those people from the North?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Building Society Loans.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he is aware of the very long waiting list of applicants for loans from building societies, that many such applicants meanwhile are in danger of forfeiting th...More Button

They are involved in my question. Questions Nos. 7 and 8 are being taken together.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Insurance Company Loans.

asked the Minister for Local Government the proportion of total loans for houses which are provided by insurance companies; and if he is satisfied that insurance companies are contributing sufficientl...More Button

Will the Minister ask his colleague when we will hear the result from the insurance companies who are failing in their obligations?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Building Society Loan Purposes.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he is satisfied that building societies are not advancing loans for purposes other than private dwellings; and if he will state the means employed to ensure ...More Button

Is this practice of the building societies of supplying loans for purposes other than house building in accordance with the laws relating to building societies?More Button

Is it not a fact that there are regulations relating to building societies and their rights? The purpose of building societies was to provide loans for houses for the working classes. That was the o...More Button

Is this not a fact and are they not in contravention of these regulations by virtue of lending money for purposes other than house building?More Button

Therefore it is acknowledged that they were in breach of the regulations?More Button

Would the Minister for Local Government look into the regulations under which the building societies were set up?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Liffey Cleaning.

Perhaps I can tell the Minister. It is because there is untreated sewage being discharged into the Camac river which is a tributary of the Liffey. That and chemical effluent are the main causes.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Anti-Pollution Law Violations.

asked the Minister for Local Government the number of prosecutions in the past year for violation of the laws on pollution.More Button

I did not address the question specifically to the Department of Local Government but to whichever Minister would take it. There should be some information in some Department as to the number of prose...More Button

If the Department of Local Government acted as a central agency to which this type of information could be fed, we might be able to get some idea as to who are the people who are violating the anti-po...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Noise Abatement.

Has the Minister any figures in respect of noise levels in various parts of Dublin city?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Fire Services.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he has any proposals for the provision of a fire station in Ballyfermot, Dublin.More Button

asked the Minister for Local Government which fire station serves the Ballyfermot area, Dublin; if he will give an estimate of the distance from this fire station to the furthest point in Ballyfermot;...More Button

asked the Minister for Local Government the number of fire stations serving the Dublin area; if he is satisfied that this number is adequate and, if not, the proposals, if any, there are for increasi...More Button

asked the Minister for Local Government the number of fires reported in the Dublin area in the past year to the latest available date; and the total estimated losses from such fires.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - External Assets.

asked the Minister for Finance the value of this country's external assets at the latest available date; and the corresponding figure at the same date last year.More Button

asked the Minister for Finance if he will give details of where and in what form this country's external assets are held.More Button

asked the Minister for Finance the total value of this country's gold reserves at the latest available date; and the corresponding value at the same date last year.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Availability of Credit.

asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of credit available this year by the associated banks for (1) Government purposes and (2) private purposes; and the proportion of this that has already ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hire Purchase Firms.

asked the Minister for Finance the total number of hire purchase firms in Ireland; and the volume of hire purchase business in the past year to the latest available date.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Monetary Crisis.

asked the Minister for Finance if any discussion is taking place with the British and other governments on devaluation of the Irish pound in the light of the present monetary crisis; and if he will ma...More Button

Does the Minister consider that a discussion should take place?More Button

Would the Minister be in a position to give us details of the extent of devaluation of the £ since it was first floated in July last year?More Button

What is the £ sterling?More Button

asked the Minister for Finance if he will make a statement on the likely effects, if any, that the present international monetary crisis will have on the economy.More Button

asked the Minister for Finance if he will give an estimate of the increases in the cost of imports resulting from the revaluation of the German mark.More Button

By how much was the pound sterling devalued since July, 1972? Are there any figures on that?More Button

Is the Minister aware that a surcharge of 5 per cent has been put on the contracts of people going abroad on holiday travel? If the depreciation is only as the Minister says, does he not think that t...More Button

It is only in the last three or four weeks.More Button

The depreciation was after the pound was floated in June, 1972. Has there been any significant increase in the extent of depreciation of the pound sterling in recent weeks?More Button

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

asked the Minister for Finance if he will make a statement on the effects on the Irish economy of the first six months of membership of the EEC.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - VAT Receipts.

asked the Minister for Finance the total revenue from VAT since its introduction to the latest available date; and how this figure compares with the revenue received from the wholesale and turnover ta...More Button

In the light of that and also in the light of the fact that there probably is increased buoyancy, would the Minister not consider it desirable to round off the VAT figures to proper figures like 5 per...More Button

It has been proved here that there are significant increases.More Button

The purpose of the decimal in 5.26 per cent was to compensate for the turnover tax and the wholesale tax. The turnover tax was 5 per cent which worked out in fact at 5.26 per cent. It was to bring a...More Button

That was not the reason given.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Surtax Receipts.

asked the Minister for Finance the total amount collected by way of sur-tax in the past year to the latest available date; and the number of persons involved.More Button

The problem seems to be that we do not care how we get it so long as we get it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Income Tax Receipts.

asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of income tax collected under the PAYE system in the past year to the latest available date; the total number of persons who paid income tax by PAYE in ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Semi-State Bodies Worker Participation.

asked the Minister for Finance if any proposals have come before semi-State bodies under the aegis of his Department towards introducing worker participation in decision making; and, if so, if he will...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Computer Centre.

asked the Minister for Finance what Departments and other agencies are availing of the services of the computer centre at Kilmainham, Dublin; and for what purposes.More Button

Can the Minister give an assurance that unauthorised persons will not have access to the computers? We are living in the computer age and the danger to privacy is considerable. There is a computer l...More Button

As the information has been given in the form of a tabular statement I do not know what is in the statement and that is the reason I am raising this question. It is a matter of the protection of the ...More Button


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