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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Penalties on Seamen.

Thursday, 26 May 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 222 No. 15

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Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully asked the Minister for Transport and Power the penalties which may be imposed on seamen for breaches of discipline under the Merchant Shipping Acts.

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers The penalties which may be imposed on seamen for breaches of discipline under the Merchant Shipping Acts are set out in Part II, and section 680, of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and in section 65 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1906.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully Does the Minister not think that some of the penalties in these Acts are completely out of date and does he not consider that they should be amended?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers In looking coldly at the various sections of the Act, it would seem that some parts are out of date but I have not received any representations from either the ship owners or the Irish Seamen's Union in the matter.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully Surely the Minister will agree that the penalties of flogging and sailing before the mast should be abolished?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers I would agree that some of the sections are out of date but the Acts are being recodified. The Deputy will bear in mind that the discipline of officers and men on board ship is greatly different from that required in other cases.

Mr. James Tully: Information on James Tully Zoom on James Tully Do I take it that the Minister agrees with flogging?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers The Deputy need not take that.

Mr. O'Leary: Will the Minister be willing to receive representations on this matter?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers I will receive any representations necessary.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish In view of the fact that the Minister considers some sections of this Act are out of date, should he not take the initiative to have them amended?

[2428]Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers I do not think there is any need of that. Nobody is going to be flogged.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange The public is being well flogged by the Government.

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers By the libellous and ludicrous statements of the Deputy.


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