Fitzgerald, Garrett

Thursday, 1 May 1980

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 320 No. 3

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European Council Meeting: Statement by Taoiseach

I should like to apologise to the House and to the Taoiseach for being a minute or so late. I was in the Dáil Library at about three minutes to 12 o'clock when copies of the Conclusions of the Presid...More Button

If the Taoiseach wishes I will give way so that he can deal with that matter now.More Button

That has helped to clarify the point of breakdown but it has not answered the question I was raising. If the British contribution was to be frozen at 538 million UAs somebody would have to make up the...More Button

I appreciate the Chair's difficulty but any clarification on a matter as complex as this is helpful to the House. I am grateful to the Taoiseach. for having at this stage sought to bring it a bit fur...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Press Reports on Intelligence Activities.

The Minister used the word “evidence” in a proper and technical sense and I accept it may not be evidence as such. The Minister said he read the articles in question. I take it that he and the autho...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Garda Síochána.

Will the Minister accept that, apart from anything that may arise from the next question, there has been a long history of tension between the Garda and the Department of Justice because the Garda do ...More Button

There is evidence on the record, going back to the Conroy Commission, of the degree of detailed interference. For instance, the Commissioner could not even determine the design of a garda overcoat wit...More Button

Will the Minister not accept that that is precisely where the problem arises and that it is one of the things that should be changed?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Garda Association Statements.

Would the Minister comment on the last part of the question, the allegations that the interference went right to Ministerial level. From his own point of view the Minister might wish to comment on th...More Button

The Minister has said that the president of the association said these allegations were not made. Is the Minister himself in a position to say——More Button

I thought it important to clarify this and to give the Minister an opportunity of doing so.More Button

There is another matter I should like to raise by way of supplementary in relation to this. The Minister in his public statements on this matter has seemed to imply that the political allegations are...More Button

Not particularly. I have no information in particular relating to that aspect of it.More Button

That was not in fact the kind of allegation——More Button

As the Minister is about to meet this association I think the right thing would be to leave this matter at this point——More Button

Yes, I am satisfied but I think the right thing to do is to retable the question after the Minister has had his meeting.More Button

Private Notice Question. - Alcan Project Closure.

The Deputy will appreciate that there was a meeting in Limerick today between some officials of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the group of unions concerned. I understand that after that meet...More Button

Yes. I will be doing that. I have already conveyed some of that. The Deputy makes a very valid point when he refers to the parties involved in the dispute. It is obvious from Deputy Cluskey's comm...More Button

I appreciate the seriousness of the problem. The parties involved must be considered to a very large extent. I am prepared to make myself and the Department or any institutions necessary available. ...More Button

I do not think it is advisable to go into the details of the dispute at this stage.More Button

While we keep very close contact with the site, this problem developed late on Monday afternoon and we became aware of it on Tuesday morning but the unofficial action had taken place at that stage.More Button

The flashpoint occurred only late on Monday afternoon. The unofficial picket was put on on Tuesday morning. In other words, there was no notice to the parties concerned or to the Department.More Button


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