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Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Ewe Lamb Subsidy.

Thursday, 16 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 5

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Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will consider extending the one pound subsidy to ewe lambs of the Cheviot breed.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey I am satisfied that it would not be in the interests of mountain sheep breeders to offer a subsidy which would encourage the sale of ewe lambs off the mountains.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Is the Minister satisfied with this scheme in its present form?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey That is typical of Fine Gael. The scheme is not in operation yet and they are attacking it.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Why not?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey It is the first scheme ever introduced for mountain sheep farmers and they are attacking it before it even starts to operate.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton Who is responsible for the scheme? The Minister should know what he is implementing.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey I set up an expert study group to investigate this matter. They recommended something which will cost about £400,000 or £500,000 a year. I accepted it immediately and put it into operation. Fine Gael are trying to ride two different horses on this question also.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton What do the sheep men say?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey They are all for it.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton They are not all for it.

[775]Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan They are. Go back and talk to them.

Mr. Sweetman: Information on Gerard Sweetman Zoom on Gerard Sweetman The Minister should not talk about horses, hobby or otherwise.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey When Fine Gael want to try to appear to be on the farmers' side, they get Deputy Clinton to put down a question, and when they want to appear to be on the side of the consumer against the farmers, they get Deputy Byrne to put down a question.

Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton Zoom on Mark A. Clinton I will deal with this one, too.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne Can we be assured that there will be no bad language today?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey The Deputy is more of an expert on language, good and bad, than I am.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne I heard some in this House recently——

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey Not from me.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne From the Taoiseach, I am sorry to say.

Mr. Lindsay: Information on Patrick James Lindsay Zoom on Patrick James Lindsay The Minister is not responsible for his in-laws.


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