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Cluskey, Frank

Thursday, 15 December 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 226 Nbr. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Custom House Medical Examinations Facilities.

There have been numerous complaints of discomfort to people using the waiting rooms. Will the Minister look further into the matter to see if there could be some improvement?More Button

I have heard numerous complaints.More Button

Debate on Adjournment (Christmas Recess) (Resumed).

There is a big gap.More Button

The main reason for the delay is that the Minister's inspectors ignore the safety delegate and consult only the management when they go to factories.More Button

Yes, but what happens when they are set up?More Button

You did say everything else?More Button

Too many votes.More Button

To Potez.More Button

The Deputy does not even know what happens in the House. We voted for it——More Button

—but the people did not get it.More Button

We supported any taxation introduced to help social welfare classes.More Button

The Deputy need not be so vocal. He has got his Parliamentary Secretaryship. Deputy Dowling has not.More Button

Next June?More Button

They were in Merrion Street.More Button

There was no need for the power cut.More Button

The Deputy should use a bit of intelligence.More Button

It is obvious that with the Deputy's limited intelligence he cannot carry on without feeding so I will cut off his source of supply.More Button

Aer Lingus.More Button

Down in Kerry, too.More Button

First of all, I should like to refer to the by-elections which have recently taken place. I must say that while I had heard of the Fianna Fáil political machine, I never fully realised how ...More Button

Notice taken that 20 Members were not present; House counted, and 20 Members being present,More Button

As I was saying, I did not fully realise how powerful the Fianna Fáil electoral machine was until I saw it in operation in both South Kerry and Waterford. I want to be quite honest. Before...More Button

When one considers the amount of patronage they have handed out to their henchmen since 1932 and when the amount of vested interest is taken into account and when one fully realises all that was at...More Button

We know that there is this new group of businessmen that has recently been formed to support the Fianna Fáil Party. Some 2,000 businessmen have pledged to subscribe £100 per year to t...More Button

I am sure the Taoiseach could give you a list. I do not say that he would give it to you but he could.More Button

These people who are prepared to subscribe £100 a year to the Fianna Fáil Party are doing so because they know where their best interest lies, not the country's. It is a form of insur...More Button

Deputy Dowling spoke of the Fianna Fáil Party as the workers' Party. He opened his remarks by describing himself as a worker and trade unionist. He went on to make a vicious and unscrupulo...More Button

Let us take a look, not as far back as the Minister for Labour had to delve in order to come up with something that might be described as being good for workers, not as far back as 1936, the year t...More Button

We in the Labour Party remember the legislation that was introduced by Fianna Fáil during the period 1938-1946. We remember the standstill orders that were imposed on the workers by the Fian...More Button

We should also examine the attitude of the workers' party and the workers' Government, Fianna Fáil, when it came to the question of taxation. Food was taxed. Clothing was taxed. Medicine w...More Button

Let us come down to the last increase secured by workers—the £1. Again we find that Deputy Lemass and Deputy Lynch were telling the workers that the most they could have was three per c...More Button

The Deputy should not worry. We are getting around to him. Deputy Dowling's heart was bleeding for the democratic rights of workers. Where were the democratic rights of workers and where were De...More Button

They trooped into the lobby to deprive the workers, by law, of their right to strike, by making it compulsory, under penalty of imprisonment or fine, to accept the findings of an arbitration board....More Button

We have also heard from the Minister for Labour and other speakers criticisms of the trade union movement. It should be said that the trade union movement is not perfect. We all know that. It is ...More Button

Deputy Dowling also thought it fit to make a vicious onslaught on trade union officials. I was wondering what inspired Deputy Dowling to make this attack and it suddenly struck me that Deputy Dowl...More Button

One does not expect too much from Deputy Dowling but one is entitled to expect a realistic approach towards the difficulties of industry in this country from the man who is responsible for that sid...More Button

Surely the Minister must know how a trade union works? Surely he must know that it is a general meeting of the workers that decides whether or not a claim should be served? Surely he must realise...More Button

The Minister went on to talk about legislation that would help the conduct of industrial relations. I do not deny that certain things can be introduced which would have a desirable effect. One of ...More Button

There is just so much in our gross national product and it must of necessity lead to conflict when the worker tries to pull out as much as he can and the employer tries to pull out as much as he ca...More Button

We listened to Deputy Dowling castigating the Labour Party, the trade union movement, trade unionists, inter-Party Governments, Deputy Corish and the late Deputy Norton. He ended up by saying that...More Button

I believe the day is coming when the workers will at last realise that they can no longer go on supporting conservative Parties and at the same time make progress. I am a trade unionist; I was lit...More Button

I appeal to workers who have in the past supported the Fianna Fáil Party to look at the record of the Fianna Fáil Government, take note of the legislation, of the mis-statements and a...More Button