Barry, Peter

Tuesday, 16 December 1980

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 325 No. 7

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - National Understanding.

Is it not obvious that what Deputy Deasy had in mind is the question of whether the Government are setting aside the same amount as they did under the previous national understanding?More Button

Is such a fund to be set up?More Button

Is there a provision?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Soft Drinks Association Meeting.

asked the Minister for Finance if the Irish Soft Drinks Association have requested a meeting with him; and, if so, when that meeting will take place.More Button

How many requests did this association make for a meeting?More Button

I will give the Minister the information.More Button

Would the Minister agree that this association made six requests for a meeting and that it was only when we put down the question that a request was replied to and then the meeting was cancelled. The...More Button

Will the Minister agree that they made six different requests, the reason being that 300 jobs in the industry had become endangered because of the penal taxation imposed in the 1980 budget?More Button

So that is the excuse. Is the Minister describing as small and irrelevant an industry in which 300 jobs are in danger?More Button

The Minister spoke of hundreds of small, insignificant people.More Button

The first application was at the end of February last.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cork Income Tax office Protest.

Has the go-ahead been given for this building?More Button

Will the Minister agree that it will be at least three years before the buildings can be occupied?More Button

Everybody knows that it will take three years, at least, to complete such building.More Button

What will happen in these overcrowded buildings in the meantime? How are the public, who have the right of access to this information, to be satisfied?More Button

When will that be? How does the Minister propose to facilitate the public in the meantime?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - State Debt.

The deficit was arranged last February.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Growth Rate.

asked the Minister for Finance whether, in the light of the most recent NESC report, the forecasts of the ESRI and the central Bank and the latest published figures on the volume of retail sales, he i...More Button

Was there not drop of 5 per cent in retail sales up to August?More Button

How, then, can there be a growth rate of 2 per cent in GNP?More Button

They are a very significant element of GNP.More Button

It is due to de-stocking on the part of farmers.More Button

Why did the Minister say only a minute ago that retail sales represent only a very small proportion of GNP?More Button

Only yesterday the EEC estimate was for less than 1 per cent in this regard.More Button

We are way below the EEC level.More Button

Do I understand the Minister to say that he is relying on the advice of the Department of Finance for this 2 per cent figure?More Button

Are these the same people whose estimates for expenditure this year were out by more than £500 million, thereby necessitating the supplementary estimates that we have had here in the past month?More Button

Would it not be better ——More Button

——for the Minister to make up his mind at the beginning of the year and to estimate accordingly?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - NESC Report.

asked the Minister for Finance whether he agrees with the advice in the latest NESC Report that specific measures must be introduced to reduce the current balance of payments deficit to a tolerable le...More Button

Is the Minister satisfied to answer Questions Nos. 26, 27 and 28?More Button

The point is, is the Minister responsible for NESC? Do they report to the Minister's Department or to the Minister?More Button

Who do NESC send their report to?More Button

We would make a lot more progress if the Minister would answer the question he is being asked.More Button

I put these questions down to the Taoiseach; why is he not answering them?More Button

The NESC report is submitted to the Taoiseach; why is he not answering the questions?More Button

The Taoiseach is responsible and he is not here to answer.More Button

He ducks everything except a camera. (Interruptions.)More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Pound Parity.

asked the Minister for Finance if the maintenance of the present parity of the Irish pound within the EMS is Government policy; and, if so, the measures the Government propose to take to ensure the ad...More Button

Is it not true that the reserves are now at two and a half months imports as against four months two years ago?More Button

They are barely over it, and four months two and a half years ago. Does the Minister call that adequately maintaining the reserves?More Button

Is it true that the reserves were four months' imports two years ago?More Button

Is it not also true that the reason the reserves have improved recently is because of the extent of Government borrowing?More Button

It is.More Button

Is it not true that the ratio of reserves to borrowing is now one to one and two years ago it was two to two?More Button

Why did they say that they are seriously worried about our economy so? (Interruptions.)More Button

For the wrong reasons.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Economic Planning Documents.

We certainly are interested in short-term planning.More Button

Nomination of Member of Government: Motion.

I join with Deputy G. FitzGerald and Deputy Desmond in congratulating the men involved in the new appointments announced today. I also congratulate Deputy Michael O'Kennedy on his appointment as Comm...More Button

I accept that. I will not continue. Deputy Fitzgerald is taking on a portfolio when internal and external independent commentators point to the fact that our economy could be in very serious trouble...More Button

I am trying to say that the portfolio being assumed by Deputy Fitzgerald is a demanding and difficult one. The first thing he has to do is to ensure that he runs his own Department and that the Taois...More Button

Written Answers. - County Cork School.

asked the Minister for Education the present position regarding the national school at Dripsey, County Cork.More Button

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