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Dillon, James Matthew

Wednesday, 29 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 10

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Benefit for Dockers.

The shipping strike is over, thanks be to God.More Button

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

I have carefully read the Taoiseach's statement in introducing this Bill. I think it is pretty generally agreed that it is worth while making the experiment of having a Minister for Labour. Surel...More Button

I think the Taoiseach is mistaken in assuming that the Labour amendment constituted a personal attack on the man whom, in County Monaghan, we describe as Deputy Childrens, to rhyme with “child”. I...More Button

I deplore the Taoiseach's implied approval of the frequentation at dinners and dogfights of his Ministers, which is becoming a great abuse. There may be suitable occasions when the Taoiseach and me...More Button

I would ask the Taoiseach to deal with the specific problem I raised as to what administrative functions will be left to the Minister for Social Welfare if, in fact, his duties are discharged on a ...More Button

In Britain, under the Labour Government, the number of Cabinet Ministers is 22 and there are 27 other Ministers outside the Cabinet.More Button

Is it not relevant, for the purposes of comparison, to inquire why, while we have a certain number of Ministers in our Government, we have, I believe, at this moment, an unparalleled number of Parl...More Button

Of course, England is a somewhat larger country.More Button

The Taoiseach is trying to make a point which appeals to the jejeune mind of the Minister for Justice but it is not a point that would appeal to most rational men. I invite his further attention a...More Button

I suggest it to Deputy Tully.More Button

I suggest that the approach of trade unions to this matter is almost Victorian. They have not recognised the responsibilities that devolve on their own officers and that has repercussions. Unless...More Button

I am not attacking them at all. I am saying that I do not believe the trade unions are bidding for men of the calibre which is sufficient to carry the responsibility which in modern conditions tra...More Button

Well, distressed him. One of the most difficult and delicate tasks is the one referred to by the Taoiseach at column 1294 when he said:More Button

Among the workers the forces of change can be seen to be at work, although it is still largely uncontrolled and unco-ordinated. Among employers, new ideas seem at times to lead to bewilderment and...More Button

I have been employing people for 40 years, and when I first began to employ people, of the 60 people then employed, seven had been employed at my premises for more than 50 years and of the remainde...More Button

I acknowledge freely that the world is changing but we have in Ireland the old family businesses run on the intimate contact between employers and employees. If we had trade union officials of a ...More Button

Do not let us become angry. I am merely saying that there is a change going on. However, if we attempt to solve these problems on the assumption that they are solely a matter of statistics and ef...More Button

I want to go on record as saying, as one who both in a personal capacity and in a ministerial capacity has been employing people all my life, that I have found the trade unions to be a highly respo...More Button

A further point which I wish to make, and this is something that ought to be watched with great care, is that in our search for efficiency, let us not throw individual liberty out through the windo...More Button

I know the impatience many people feel about the difficulties and irritations and troubles involved in operating a free trade union movement. I know there are a lot of obscurantists who take the v...More Button

These wiseacres who want to streamline our lives begin by describing Dáil Éireann as a talking shop where time is wasted. If we did not dazzle them, we ought to have dazzled them by ...More Button

I have seen a few of these gentlemen come down from their lofty perches on to the floor of the arena and I have seen what happened to them. They have been overcome by nervous breakdowns and have g...More Button

The last thing I want to say is that when Deputy Corish and Deputy Tully speak, they should stop fomenting the ludicrous illusion that there are two rival classes in this country. If there is a cl...More Button

I am not so sure that you are saying that in the proper sense. I sometimes hear talk in this House and outside of it that we have here two great warring classes of Irish people ready to go at each ...More Button

I believe that if Deputy Tully and I went out there, we would settle that matter in a while of a day.More Button

They probably would not want either of us. All I am saying is that if we want to contribute to good labour relations in this country, we should recognise the fact that there are not two classes in...More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Surely for the onemillionth chance, we will not throw away the whole groundwork of freedom?More Button

We want to get away from the word “impose”.More Button

Let us not debate with one another whether the Chair is right or not. That is chaos.More Button

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

And the Minister knows that the current accounts are as relevant as my left foot.More Button

I hope you are right.More Button

They would want to be.More Button

There is no money to build houses.More Button

You do not believe that.More Button

A minute ago the Minister said we owed £40 million. Now he says we had not a brown penny. The Minister cannot have it both ways. Either we got £40 million and owed it or we got nothi...More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button