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Ryan, Richie

Tuesday, 28 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 9


Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Authority Balances.

asked the Minister for Local Government the net balances to credit or over expended on 31st March, 1966 on the capital account of each local authority, each urban authority, each health authority a...More Button

asked the Minister for Local Government the balances to credit, including amounts on deposit or in temporary investment, or overdrawn on revenue account at 31st March, 1966 in respect of each loca...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Audit of Local Authority Accounts.

asked the Minister for Local Government the latest financial year for which the accounts of each local authority, each health authority and each mental health board have been audited and reported o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Home Assistance Payments.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare what amount of applicants' income under the social assistance code is precluded from being taken into account by home assistance officers; and the authority fo...More Button

Having regard to the serious depreciation in the value of money since 1948-50, would the Minister increase this amount substantially at an early date?More Button

Having regard to the fact that apparently it was considered desirable to fix this particular figure as the one to be taken into account, and as it is presumed to have some relevance to a person's m...More Button

If it is not relevant, it should be excluded.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Damage to Post Office Property.

Will the Minister say whether or not the State recovers any of this damage from the local authorities under the malicious injuries code?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Removal of Election Material.

He did a first-class job. If the Minister's Department were as efficient as his supporters were before the elections, all these posters would be gone long ago.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pension Deduction for Hospital Treatment.

asked the Minister for Health whether a health authority may oblige a pensioner who is the holder of a general medical services card, or the authority paying the pension to such person, to pay to t...More Button

Is the position, then, that persons who are in receipt of any pension or income from public sources, be it from the Irish or the British Government, other than a non-contributory pension, do not ha...More Button

The Minister is talking about cases where deductions are made, that is, in respect of non-contributory pensioners in the county home under the Act. I want the Minister to say that any other type o...More Button

I took up a case recently with the Minister and £23 has been given back to the widow concerned.More Button

Finance Bill, 1966: Report and Final Stages.

As income tax payers.More Button

May I congratulate the Minister on the very first-class Opposition speech which he delivered from the Government benches? I can only assume he is rehearsing for the day, which is not too far dista...More Button

This amendment is primarily a Government amendment. It is tabled in this particular restricted form by Deputy Sweetman simply to meet the objections raised to it on other occasions in the case of ...More Button

It is rather disappointing, as Deputy Corish has said, that for the first time in this particular year, we find something less than sympathy from the Minister for Finance. The Minister's approach ...More Button

The Minister has asserted that it would be wrong to give this benefit to those who could benefit by it because there would be some who would not benefit at all. I do not want to be too morbid but...More Button

If we followed the Minister's argument to its logical conclusion, we would also do away with the advantage now applied to funeral expenses because some people who live beside a graveyard have a ver...More Button

That amendment was put down in the name of Deputy Cosgrave. If that was going to cost a few million pounds, it would mean that one-tenth of the income tax payers in this country are suffering from ...More Button

The Minister last week made a most unworthy suggestion with regard to this amendment which has been adequately dealt with by my colleagues here today. I would like to refer to a number of allowance...More Button

Again, allowance is given in respect of interest paid on house purchase mortgages. If the Minister is serious in his objection to our amendment, then we can only presume that he proposes to do awa...More Button

Allowances are also given in respect of life assurance premiums and in respect of premiums paid to the Voluntary Health Insurance Board. Irrespective of whether or not a person insures himself to t...More Button

There are many allowances in the income tax code in respect of all kinds of services which people can get for themselves and their children, which to some extent are optional—they are certai...More Button

The restrictions in our amendment of £50 up to a maximum of £300 per person are put in simply because we know that on all other occasions when we have put in such an amendment, we have ...More Button

It does.More Button

Neither I nor my colleagues mind, but we do not think it is right that there should be complaints with regard to this side of the House simply because we say there is lack of sympathy, or if there ...More Button

Tea (Purchase and Importation) (Amendment) Bill, 1966: Second and Subsequent Stages.

This is clearly a piece of instant legislation. We have put this Bill into the machine of the House and we expect some instant legislative beverage to come out of it. I must say that at the end o...More Button

When the 1958 Bill was going through, concern was expressed that we were imposing a restriction on the importation of tea and that this would lead to one type of insipid tea. Experience has shown...More Button

The instant tea.More Button

It is the instant product I think might possibly be insipid, not the traditional product.More Button

Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 1966: Second Stage (Resumed).

Lochtach agus atá an Bille Leasa Shóisialaigh i mbliana, fáiltíonn Fine Gael roimh gach feabhsachán atá ann. Nílimíd ar aon intinn leis an A...More Button

The confidence with which the Minister introduced this measure is not that which we in Fine Gael very much like because we regard the provisions of this Social Welfare Bill as totally inadequate an...More Button

The truth is that there are tens of thousands of people in this country who are living on incomes which are far below what is necessary to give them a sufficient diet, much less give them clothes a...More Button

Is it any wonder, therefore, that a society, like the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, must spend annually a sum of over half a million pounds to bring some kind of relief and assistance to those ten...More Button

We do not make light of the tasks which any Minister for Social Welfare must face in endeavouring to persuade his colleague, the Minister for Finance, to make more money available for social welfa...More Button

We regret also that, under the Bill, social welfare recipients who are getting the small increase of 5/- a week are obliged to wait for that additional benefit until the 1st November next although ...More Button

It is quite clear, therefore, that the Minister for Social Welfare, when he was using pressure on the Minister for Finance earlier this year and considering his proposals in association with the Bu...More Button

Some years ago Ministers were very apologetic in this House when they postponed improvements in social welfare benefits and assistance to 1st August. They had great difficulty in justifying the po...More Button

Social welfare policies on the part of the State should have a number of definite aims. I feel that in this country, we have not yet achieved the first and most important of these aims, that is, t...More Button

The second aim of a social welfare policy should be to achieve social equality and social opportunity. Nobody can seriously suggest that the miserable pittance we make available to the poor amongs...More Button

Those things are not words spoken on occasions of special ceremonial. They are things which will determine whether we will ever be united as a nation. Therefore, it behoves us not to be satisfied ...More Button

I have already mentioned that we have the worst record with regard to social welfare scales operating in Western Europe. It is proper that I should quote what they have in some of those countries....More Button

With regard to public assistance, we devote only 5 of one per cent of the GNP for this purpose. Although we have probably more unemployment when compared with other comparable countries, we can de...More Button

I have left out of my statement West Germany. They are something of a financial and economical miracle and are well ahead of their neighbours and fellow-members of the EEC. West Germany has the h...More Button

They are the targets which we shall have to strive for and to strike. One of the clear obligations imposed on us by the Treaty of Rome is to maintain social welfare standards similar to those of o...More Button

The result of several years of negotiation with British Governments came to fruition recently when it became possible to pay to people in this country in receipt of British Government pensions incr...More Button

The Minister for Finance in his second Budget speech this year gave as one justification for the increased taxes that various charges under the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill would ...More Button

I apologise for the excess. It is the six figures that matter, not the last five. No provision was made in that regard. Possibly it was because it was not known fully what the consequences of th...More Button

We in Fine Gael are disappointed that we here are still relating our social welfare code to what is regarded as the largest amount which the poorest wage earner can pay. That is the basis of our p...More Button

We think this is wrong. We think it is something which needs remedial action. We need here a wage-related, graduated welfare and pensions scheme and the sooner we introduce it the better. We bel...More Button

Employers are doing this in many cases out of their own generosity, but there are also in operation in various spheres of employment voluntary schemes operated by workers and trade unions—sch...More Button

To deal with some of the details of the Bill, may I express some disappointment that while the Minister has properly sought to improve the position of applicants for contributory widows' pensions, ...More Button

The Minister has at long last opened the door for private domestic servants, providing a scheme of unemployment insurance for them. We regret the Minister has in mind, as he has stated, to limit e...More Button

In other words, a girl could easily start work in domestic service at 15 or 16, marry at 20 or 21 and have only six years' employment behind her and not be entitled to any unemployment benefit, eve...More Button

I trust the Minister is not exercising that function, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Now that the door has been opened, the Minister should bring in a more generous provision than the rather...More Button

Debate adjourned.More Button

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill, 1966: Second Stage (Resumed).

We in Fine Gael welcome the establishment of a Ministry of Labour. In fact we are surprised that this Ministry has not long since been established. It is strange that this State, now 44 years in ...More Button

That such a crazy situation should have existed so long is a reflection upon us all. We are therefore glad to see that even at a time of great industrial unrest, of great labour unrest, this step ...More Button

We are not suggesting for a moment the regimentation of the human elements that contribute to what might be called the labour pool. I do not think that is necessary but what we consider desirable ...More Button

We in Fine Gael regret that the Government have so long been dragging their feet on a manpower policy. We have had nothing so far except the publication of a number of meaningless phrases in what ...More Button

In relation to the proposed Free Trade Area and the growing pains we are now about to suffer, we shall need to have a comprehensive scheme to provide for the support of people who may be required t...More Button

We have spent a great deal of time and effort and we have spent a colossal amount of money, year in, year out, on improving the efficiency of our machinery in our industry and, indeed, on our farms...More Button

We, in Fine Gael, feel that the day has long since passed when we ought to have a greater degree of share of ownership in this country. If we had a large number of workers owning part of the indus...More Button

We were glad to hear that the Taoiseach proposes to take out of the hands of the Department of Social Welfare the operation of our employment exchanges. If ever institutions were devised for the d...More Button

We think that there is no prospect of the so-called labour exchange improving under the Department of Social Welfare. It is supposed to be an institution of State for the relief of human distress ...More Button

We would hope that the day will soon disappear when we require unfortunate people in receipt of unemployment benefit and unemployment assistance to produce letters or documentary evidence of their ...More Button

The Taoiseach and other members of the Government have certainly been loud and frequent in their remarks about industrial relations in recent times. We, in Fine Gael, were presented with perhaps w...More Button

Electricity today is no less essential than water and any person who argues otherwise does not know the facts of life. We wish to make it clear to the Government that any further repressive legisl...More Button

Here we have large concerns in which the management have nothing personally to lose, because their high salaries will still be paid and their golden handshakes are equally certain, but yet we have ...More Button

If we are to have further steps taken to deal with the industrial situation, it is imperative that, once and for all, we restrict the right of employers to lock out their workers. This must be res...More Button

Similarly, in the situation affecting the whole financial structure of the country, in relation to the banks, over 50 per cent of the people who are not working in the banks have been locked out by...More Button

We need a fair approach to the problem. We need an approach which will have proper concern for the community and for everybody in it and we have not had that kind of approach from the State-sponso...More Button

We in Fine Gael have asked for a refusal to be given to this measure, notwithstanding our support for a Minister for Labour, until such time as there is an amalgamation of at least two existing De...More Button

What policy decisions requiring his attention for—we will give him a short week—a 40-hour week has the Minister for Defence to make, requiring him to apply all his energy and brains, si...More Button

How could anybody visualise the Minister for Transport and Power working the same number of arduous hours, having sufficient to occupy his fertile brain for the same length of time per week? I agr...More Button

How can a man, who has no function in these matters, be occupied for 40 hours a week? How, in the name of all that is holy, can the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs occupy himself for 40 hours a ...More Button

The Department of Social Welfare is, as I said earlier, little more than an accounting agency for the Department of Finance. What can the Minister for Social Welfare do, but once a year, if there ...More Button

This Department is there primarily to relieve the less fortunate in the community. There is no reason why it should not be associated with the Department of Health, which is the Department with a ...More Button

Why, incidentally, the Minister for Labour will act as an agent for the Minister for Social Welfare in future I do not know. I do not think the Taoiseach fully explained the matter. The argument m...More Button

The trade union movement has been attacked, a member of the Labour Party said, most unfairly. It has great difficulties. Many of these have come to my knowledge in both my public and my professio...More Button

It is interesting to note that, while people abuse the trade union movement for what they call multiplicity of trade unions, there are, in fact, almost twice as many employer organisations as there...More Button

A good deal more could be said on the problem of labour relations but I do not wish to detain the House for a variety of reasons. The opportunity provided by the establishment of a new Department ...More Button

The country is not in a mood to tolerate the overhead expenditure which any Minister necessitates, overhead expenditure between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, when we throw in with it wha...More Button

Before I conclude, I should like to say a word in praise of the staff of our Labour Court who have been operating in extremely difficult circumstances for many years past. One does not wish to sin...More Button

It may be the new Ministry will be able to give them suitable promotion, but if ever people deserve well of the community, it is the conciliation officers. It is not during big strikes, with the p...More Button

It is perhaps unfair to ask these officers to continue to operate in exactly the same way in future as they have in the past. I do not think it is going to operate to the benefit of either party i...More Button