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Tully, James

Tuesday, 28 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 9


Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Workers' Income Tax Payments.

asked the Minister for Finance why workers employed by Government Departments are required to pay income tax at the full rate of 7/- in the pound; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In view of the fact that State employees—I refer particularly to manual workers with low wages—get no opportunity of making representations as to whether the income tax assessment is fa...More Button

Obviously the Minister has little experience of the problems or the payment of lower-paid State employees. What happens is that no deductions are made until the fall of the season. Having deducti...More Button

I know a good deal about how the system works through my trade union and I know that what the Minister says is not correct. Deductions are not merely made in the manner described.More Button

I am sure the Minister would not thank me for giving him hundreds of cases. I have here an example of somebody who has £9 deducted at the end of the quarter, instead of weekly. This man has...More Button

That man should not have to pay it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dorset Row (Dublin) Closure.

They cannot do so without getting the permission of the Department.More Button

With the permission of the Minister for Local Government.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Electricity (Special Provisions) Act.

I hope not.More Button

So the Taoiseach's wand has been put in pickle.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Payment of Heifer Subsidy.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he is aware that Mr. Eugene McGillick, Ardlonan, Carlanstown, Kells, County Meath, has been refused a calved heifer subsidy because of the fact t...More Button

Is the Minister aware that this is a farm labourer who has one cow grazing with a neighbouring farmer, an Irishman and a second cow grazing with a German farmer who does not like the Irish farm lab...More Button

Is it not true that the object of the exercise was to increase the national herd? This man has in fact increased the national herd by one.More Button

I have come back today. The Minister will agree that it is a most stupid suggestion that a farm labourer should be able to get two farmers, one German and one Irish, to put the two herds together ...More Button

Will the Minister's inspector do that?More Button

I should like to see what the result will be.More Button

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

Come again.More Button

Surely the Minister is aware that the health authority have a habit of collecting from everybody and thereby lessening the bill, whether they are entitled or not?More Button

That is, if they are in for shelter, but what happens if they are in for hospital treatment?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Eligibility for Free Medicines.

asked the Minister for Health what is the income limit for those who are eligible for free medicines for maternity treatment.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Regulations.

asked the Minister for Health if he will state in respect of the most recent year for which figures are available the expenditure by his Department under the Disabled Persons (Rehabilitation) Regu...More Button

That will be the middle of the summer holidays. Would the Minister say from the inquiries he has made whether or not money has been expended?More Button

Even if I have to wait until November or September.More Button

Does the Minister agree that the inquiries will cost a good lot more than in fact is expended under this heading?More Button

Industrial Relations Bill, 1966: First Stage.

What kind of consultations are going on? Surely the Minister is not suggesting that consultations have been taking place with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions? I know that there was one fairly ...More Button

I am aware of that, and I am also aware that the word “consultation” is used very freely when it is said that consultations have taken place.More Button

That is a matter between Congress and the unions.More Button

I should like to be assured that the Minister has in fact had consultation before he introduces legislation in this House and that we shall not have to have the measure withdrawn as happened on two...More Button

If he means that the House will legislate whether the unions are satisfied with the legislation or not, that may be so, if he has a majority here, but making the legislation work is a different mat...More Button

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

Some years ago representations were made to a number of local authorities to supply some type of beverage to persons taken into the local clinic for treatment and who had to stay there for quite a ...More Button

What did the Minister say?More Button

The Minister said “manufactured”.More Button

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

It is no function of the Minister to supply cheap labour.More Button

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

Deputy Corish said earlier this evening that we in the Labour Party welcome this appointment because we believe, and have always believed, that one Minister who should be in a Government in this co...More Button

You had the support of the Labour Party because we thought then you were going to do a good job, but, in fact, the Minister for Transport and Power, who happens to be Deputy Childers but who could ...More Button

Personally, I do not care, nor does any member of my Party, if Deputy Childers becomes Taoiseach tomorrow morning in the re-shuffle of the Cabinet which must follow. If the Taoiseach feels that he...More Button

What happens when questions are directed to the Minister for Transport and Power in this House? I am sure he must be as ashamed as we are when he stands up and says that the Minister has no funct...More Button

We are asking the wrong Government. The Taoiseach, the other day, said that Deputy Childers dealt in a gentlemanly way with tendentious questions. If the Minister gives a straight answer to the q...More Button

Again, I am not blaming the Minister. I am simply saying that he is carrying out Government policy and Government policy apparently is that when a Minister is appointed, he is warned that he must n...More Button

There is another aspect of this in relation to which I personally was inclined to blame the Minister, but, on reflection, feel that he would not take the responsibility on himself, that somebody el...More Button

Here in this House, two years ago, he told me that a bog worker would be entitled after 40 years' service to a pension of over £6 a week and when I pursued the matter further, I found that th...More Button

For instance, agricultural workers have their minimum rate of wages which is accepted by most people as a standard wage. The rate they receive is the lowest in the country and they work the longes...More Button

Maybe the Taoiseach, the Government, or whoever framed the Bill, had at the back of his mind the idea that if you were expecting trouble through redundancy, re-training and re-settlement of workers...More Button

I would appeal to the Taoiseach even at this late stage to reverse the decision he took and to include agricultural workers. Whether we like it or not, agriculture is still the primary industry of...More Button

Great play was made by Deputy Lindsay on some of the comments made by Deputy O'Leary. Deputy Lindsay seemed to see something sinister in the suggestions Deputy O'Leary made. May I repeat one? He...More Button

It seems to be quite a popular thing today to say that workers are causing a lot of trouble. We have all sorts of meetings, an odd seminar and an odd big dinner speech. Like Deputy Lindsay, I hav...More Button

The Taoiseach threatened—I think “threatened” is the only word to use —the other evening that if the trade unions did not do certain things and the trade union officials did not face up...More Button

It seems to me that certain journalists have got into the habit of highlighting a strike, giving front page inch-high headings for a strike involving a small number of men, while a hundred agreeme...More Button

It is most unfair of people in authority who are able to get the ear of the press, radio and television, to be always trotting out the same old story: “The workers did this; there is a strike on an...More Button

The new Minister for Labour no matter who he may be, will have to deal with this matter and will have to adopt a fresh approach. He will need to ensure, before he brings a proposal before this Hou...More Button

I believe that people in this country because of the fact that they normally have poor wages and find it extremely difficult to carry on, are not in the position that they can hold out for a long t...More Button

It is very easy to come to this House and talk about strikes and the harm strikes do but I can never understand why, while one strike seems to be important enough for the Government to introduce le...More Button

When a new Department is set up, we usually find a set of officials manning that Department and I should be interested to know where those officials will come from. Does it mean an entirely new se...More Button

The Taoiseach explained that even with the addition of a new Minister, the Cabinet would not be any bigger than a number of Cabinets he named throughout Europe. The answer given by Deputy Cosgrave...More Button

The Taoiseach suggested that the employment exchanges or, as they are better known, the labour exchanges, would in some way be run on an agency basis for the Department of Labour by the Department...More Button

The Minister for Labour must first try to familiarise employers with the process of applying, as employers in Britain and other countries do, to the labour exchanges for workers so that when people...More Button

If necessary, the Minister must set up a new department within the employment exchanges and make them real employment exchanges. I think he would require to make them completely separate from the ...More Button

The amendment which we put down and on which we intend to vote tomorrow afternoon is for the purpose of trying to persuade the Taoiseach that without impairing the efficiency —if that is the ...More Button

The Department of Posts and Telegraphs, since being given responsibility for television and radio, is, in fact, I suppose, a more responsible job than most people give the Minister credit for. We...More Button

Finally, if the Minister is really serious about doing a good job—we know that quite a number of people have been forecasting who that Minister is likely to be; we hope the forecasts are righ...More Button

It was suggested earlier that the trade union movement are anxious to have their labour relations amended and that industrial legislation must be changed in the near future. Personally, I am not t...More Button

Written Answers. - Disabled Persons (Rehabilitation) Regulations.

asked the Minister for Health if he will state in respect of 1964-65 and 1965-66 for each health authority the local expenditure and the Departmental expenditure under the Disabled Persons (Rehabil...More Button