Aiken, Frank

Thursday, 6 July 1939

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 23 No. 2

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Air Raid Precautions Bill, 1939—Second Stage.

This Bill will enable us to organize precautions against air-raids. For the past few years we have been doing preliminary organization and training work, and for the last year or so we have been doin...More Button

I really could not say offhand.More Button

They will probably cost something between £100,000 and £150,000.More Button

I do not know about that. There are a lot of other people wasting money in that way.More Button

I have not the slightest intention of following Senators Tierney or MacDermot into debating European affairs. This is purely a technical Bill. I am not here to-day to ask sanction for the money. I...More Button

Gas masks, coupled with a knowledge of gases, in which air wardens are being instructed, should operate to prevent panic. If it is necessary to use these masks, it is better that the people should kn...More Button

How many millions are we spending on ordinary health services throughout the country in a year? After all, this is a health precaution. We hope the outbreak of the particular disease about which we a...More Button

We have not gone that distance. We are training air-raid wardens. We had an air-raid precaution school under military instructors. They trained a few hundred other instructors who can train air raid...More Button

No. We have the masks and these air-raid wardens will be trained in fitting the masks to individuals. It may be that an effort will be made to classify the various individuals in particular districts...More Button

I shall not follow that any further. We have not given the gas masks out to the people. We have them in central stores. If, in times of crisis, we feel that things are warming up a bit, we shall fu...More Button

It could be done over a number of years if the people were prepared to accept the standard of living necessary, but I do not think that that would be worth while. It is not worth while living if life...More Button

If we do not ask them to contribute they will be asking us for precautions. Senator Baxter may be pretty easy in his mind that we are not going to force them to pay much in the rates, because whateve...More Button

There is a schedule of urban areas. The towns I have mentioned, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, are also being covered as well as this schedule.More Button

They are in the Bill. Question put and agreed to. Committee Stage ordered for Tuesday, 11th July.More Button


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