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Ceisteanna — Questions Oral Answers. - Edenderry Shoe Factory.

Thursday, 29 September 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 No. 3

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Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the redundancy at Edenderry shoe factory, County Offaly; what plans are available immediately to provide work for those at present unemployed; if any action has been taken by him with a view to the establishment of an industry for the town in order to provide work; if the local development association have been given any guidance and help by the Industrial Development Authority; and if he will make a general and detailed statement on the very serious position in Edenderry.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley I am aware that a number of workers have been declared redundant by Edenderry Shoe Co. Ltd. because of a contraction of exports to Britain arising out of a decrease in demand there.

No proposals have been received for the establishment of a new industry in Edenderry. I will, however, keep the situation in the town in mind though I am not, of course, in a position to direct intending promoters to any particular area in the country.

The Edenderry Town Development Association have not requested any guidance or help from the Industrial Development Authority as to the position arising out of the redundancies.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon Did the Minister say that the Free Trade Area Agreement notwithstanding, the demand for Irish shoes in Britain has decreased? Did I understand him to say that?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley There is a decreasing demand there, not necessarily a decrease in demand for Irish shoes. I am speaking about this particular project.

[435]Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon Of the Edenderry shoes?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley Yes.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan Surely the Minister knows that most shoe manufacturing works are on half time and that there is a decreasing demand for Irish shoes?

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley Zoom on George Colley There have been difficulties in the export market all right. The Deputy, of course, is aware that the British market, as such, is going through a rather difficult time at the moment, and this is contributing to it, but I am sure the Deputy is also aware that there are steps being taken, within the industry, to try to improve the situation. Indeed, the more progressive firms are reasonably satisfied that they will expand their production in the fairly near future.

Mr. Donegan: Information on Patrick S. Donegan Zoom on Patrick S. Donegan I hope they are right.


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