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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - CIE Inquiry.

Tuesday, 27 September 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 1

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Mr. T. O'Donnell: Information on Thomas G. O'Donnell Zoom on Thomas G. O'Donnell asked the Minister for Transport and Power if [13] he is aware that there is a widespread demand for a public inquiry into the affairs of CIE; if so, if he will agree to have such an inquiry held as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers I am aware that the Fine Gael Party has requested a public sworn inquiry to investigate the management and operation of CIE. I should regard such an inquiry as both undesirable and unnecessary and detrimental to the interests of the company and its employees. I will make a statement on the matter when the Estimates for my Department come before the House at an early date.

Mr. Lindsay: Information on Patrick James Lindsay Zoom on Patrick James Lindsay Having regard to the reported losses of CIE, how could a public inquiry be more detrimental than the actual working of the present administration?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers The Deputy is well aware that a public inquiry of this kind would be most detrimental to the staff and the company concerned. I have made a number of detailed statements on this matter——

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange What is there to hide?

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers ——including the debate in the House and the Deputy may argue the case again on the Estimate.

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass An irresponsible proposal.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan In view of the demand of the public what is there to hide? Why not hold the inquiry that has been requested by a responsible Party? Is the Minister deliberately cloaking the misdeeds of CIE?

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers This is purely political gimmickry.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan No, very far from it.

Mr. Childers: Information on Erskine Hamilton Childers Zoom on Erskine Hamilton Childers In further reply to the Deputy, there has been virtually no public comment of an adverse nature on the detailed statements I have made.

[14]Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Are you living up in the moon?

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan Is the position that the request by a responsible——

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan Question.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan ——Opposition Party has now been refused and does this not mean a worse situation? In any normal democracy, if a responsible Party ask for an inquiry, it is given, not refused.

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass Zoom on Seán F. Lemass But this is an irresponsible proposal.

Mr. T.F. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins And who is to be the judge of that?

(Interruptions.)


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