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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imports of Sulphate of Ammonia.

Tuesday, 8 February 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 7

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Mr. Meaney: Information on Thomas J. V. Meaney Zoom on Thomas J. V. Meaney asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to a report that Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann are importing sulphate of ammonia from a communist bloc country; and that Nítrigin Éireann have stated they could meet the quotas [940] required by Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann both in price and quality if given the opportunity to do so; and if he is in a position to make a statement on the matter or if he contemplates holding an inquiry.

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Mr. O'Leary: asked the Minister for Finance why the services of Nítrigin Éireann Teoranta have not been utilised by the Irish Sugar Company in their recent purchase of sulphate of ammonia; and why negotiations did not take place with Nítrigin Éireann Teoranta before it was decided to purchase from East Germany.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Dr. Hillery) (for the Minister for Finance): Information on Patrick John Hillery Zoom on Patrick John Hillery I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to take questions Nos. 14 and 15 together.

The purchase of its fertiliser requirements by Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann Teoranta would normally be in the nature of commercial transactions to be conducted by the company at its own discretion. I am, however, making some inquiries into the matters referred to in the questions, in conjunction with the Minister for Industry and Commerce, and if the Deputies will repeat their questions in a fortnight's time, I may be in a position to make some further comment.


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