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Aiken, Frank

Thursday, 16 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Membership of EEC

I am satisfied that through our Mission to the European Economic Community, our Missions in the capitals of the Six and in the capitals of the countries seeking membership of the Community and also...More Button

In answer to the second part of the Deputy's Question our Ambassador to the Community is at present in hospital as a result of an accident but the three diplomatic members of the staff of the Missi...More Button

I may add that the Assistant Secretary of my Department in charge of Economic Affairs called on officials of the Commission of the EEC a fortnight ago with a view to assessing how soon a further Mi...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Resolution No. 3: Tax in Respect of Certain Goods (Resumed).

Deputy Dillon has just given us a very clear demonstration of his characteristic attitude over the years. He has been a prophet of doom and agent provocateur for a great number of years&mdas...More Button

——and that is the reason he is where he is.More Button

That is the reason why Fine Gael have been out of office for the past 34 years. They were merely participants in the Coalition with the help of the Labour Party for six of those 34 years.More Button

I listened patiently to Deputy Dillon for two hours and never said a mumbling word, although Deputy Dillon must admit he gave me reason to interrupt him, had I been so minded.More Button

Deputy Dillon forgets, I think, the history of 1956 because he gave a very one-sided picture of what happened in 1956. There are certain similarities in the two years, 1956 and 1966. In 1956, the...More Button

We did not leave a situation in which there were over 100,000 people idle and in which there were 25,000 thrown out of regular work in industry.More Button

That, of course, is true. The Deputy should know it was true of Drogheda.More Button

There was a great decrease in the employment in the factories in Drogheda and throughout the country. In Drogheda and elsewhere, there were 25,000 people in regular industrial employment—&md...More Button

——thrown out of employment in the last year of the Coalition. In addition to that, there were 100,000 unemployed, and there were 60,000 who had emigrated during that year. What did Fin...More Button

I do not mind the Deputy demurring, but the facts are there. He talks about priorities. This is a very good thing to examine. I agree with him that Government policy has to deal with priorities,...More Button

I wish to put a few questions to Deputy Dillon which he can answer in his next speech, if he wants to do it. The priorities in our case are different from theirs. For instance, they were short of ...More Button

There was some talk today at Question Time about the £250,000 extra that farmers would have to pay for agricultural fertilisers. However, in order to meet that £250,000 extra on fertil...More Button

The Deputy indicated in his speech today that he supported the 100 men who were shutting down all of industry and all the electricity all over the country.More Button

The Deputy takes up more time in this House than any ten men in it, and I take up very little.More Button

Deputy Dillon has the right to make a speech for ten hours, if he wishes. In regard to these priorities of building houses, building schools, and so on, in order to avoid taxation, would Deputy Di...More Button

He put up that proposition.More Button

One shilling a gallon for ten years. Is that the priority he wants us to adopt?More Button

It is absolutely true. It is no wonder that Deputy Dillon is running away from his own actions. The reason Fine Gael are there in opposition solidly for ten years without the slightest opportunity...More Button

I do not want to go through all that sad story of 1956. It was a disgraceful period in Irish history, when, with all the need for education, the only thing a Government could think of was to reduc...More Button

——and there he is going to stay unless he commits hara-kiri by causing one of those by-elections they are talking about.More Button

The Deputy is not all that old. As a matter of fact, the Deputy always remained very young from his neck up—permanent adolescence.More Button

The Deputy drew it on himself. It is no wonder he does not want to hear me speak because I want to remind him——More Button

It was not in Mullingar that he decided he was going to spend £40 million on land reclamation——More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button

It was when the Minister for Finance said he would have to get £3 million out of the Road Fund to balance his Budget and Deputy Dunne got up, revolted and said: “If you cut the Road Fund by &...More Button

Now as to this talk of getting foreign loans, I am as much against foreign loans as anybody else, in certain circumstances, but we have a great deal of foreign assets which are liquid; some of them...More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button

——on foreign loans. I remember as late as 1951 the German Federal Republic got a loan of 300 million dollars from poor little Belgium——More Button

At the present time you have ten of the richest countries arranging to give each other reciprocal loans, so it is nothing derogatory to us that we take the cold-blooded decision that it is better t...More Button

It was better that we do this because we wanted to build houses, to build schools, to give grants to farmers and all the other things we wanted to do. It was better to get a foreign loan of some m...More Button

Again, I should like to say this. Deputy Sweetman, I believe, has a wonderful plot for getting the Government off the rocks we are said to be on and putting us into the deep blue sea, by forcing b...More Button

Even though Deputy Dillon may be in the back benches, he is still over Fine Gael and his sentiments and policy still inform Fine Gael. The people know that if Deputy Dillon had his way, instead of...More Button

I will wind up on this—I will see you in Monaghan, Kildare and the other places when you carry out this great plot of forcing by-elections and you will see then where the people stand.More Button