Tuesday, 14 May 1974
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. O'Kennedy: asked the Minister for Finance if he will make provision out of central funds to meet the award of £389,787 recently granted against Tipperary (North Riding) County Council in respect of a malicious injury claim.
Mr. O'Kennedy: Is the Minister not prepared to accept that such provision should be made by way of special legislation, in view of the fact that the award to which I have referred would mean an increase of £1.50 approximately in the £ in the rates in North Tipperary? Does the Minister not realise that there is a clear need for legislation to deal with that matter?
Mr. O'Kennedy: In view of the fact that this particular award was made only three or four weeks ago, will the Minister recognise, particularly in view of what his colleague the Minister for Local Government has said, that there is need for such legislation, and will he not make a statement to the effect that this Government will introduce legislation to relieve the ratepayers of North Tipperary of that crippling burden which is obviously beyond their capacity to pay?
Mr. Molloy: Would the Minister agree that on previous occasions legislation was introduced to meet an exceptional claim such as this where ratepayers were faced with a crippling burden and that it was Fianna Fáil's policy when in Government to bring in legislation where a grave hardship was evident?
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