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Dunne, Seán

Tuesday, 7 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 1


Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bank Strike.

Is there any truth in the rumour that the Government advised the bank directors that, as far as they were concerned as a Government, the bank strike would not be a matter of worry to them; it would...More Button

It is generally believed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imported Timber.

There is a powerful lot of irresponsibility around this House today.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Court Sentences.

asked the Minister for Justice if he is aware of public dissatisfaction that sentences imposed on persons convicted of theft and personal assault do not effectively discourage such crimes; and if h...More Button

I am as happy as anybody to see Deputy T.F. O'Higgins.More Button

I congratulate him most sincerely. Arising out of the Minister's reply, I should like to know, when he says there is no evidence of public dissatisfaction with the sentences which are being meted ...More Button

Does the Minister not agree that the newspaper reports to which he has referred are the only means by which the public can judge what is happening in respect of the administration of justice in thi...More Button

Naturally, in the circumstances of the moment it is somewhat difficult. The answer to my original question was very lengthy. When the Minister refers to the fact that the only avenues open to the ...More Button

I wish——More Button

I was only going to say that I wish, with your permission, Sir, to raise this matter on the Adjournment.More Button

Electricity (Special Provisions) Bill, 1966: Allocation of Time.

I do not think it is good enough that Deputy Carty, Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach, should stand up here and say “I move” and immediately everybody should take it for granted that the dem...More Button

If he is to be enabled to do that, the first requirement is that he should be made aware in the fullest possible sense of what he is going to talk about or what he is going to vote upon. However, i...More Button

As to the content of this piece of legislation, we can suspect its general terms from having read the papers, but we know very little of the details because we have not been individually informed o...More Button

In the normal course of events, the purpose of a motion of this kind would be to enable the eventual circulation of a Bill which we must consider at the same time and it would not meet with any op...More Button

We contend the Government have an obligation to the elected Members of Dáil Éireann to provide them with the Bill which they have in mind so that they can study it, get time off to ex...More Button

What I am saying is that we are very concerned—and we would be false to the people who founded this Party if we were other than concerned—at what the Government propose to do here today...More Button

This should have been evident to the Government from the events of the past week but I know there are some upon whom the facts of political life never impinge. There are some who see things only t...More Button

But here is another example of how the Government can attempt to destroy completely the rights of the ordinary citizen as represented by the ordinary Deputy. This is a piece of dictatorship, this ...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Landlord and Tenant Bill, 1965: Committee Stage.

On a point of order, I had no idea this Bill was coming before the House at this stage. I understood the House was adjourning to enable us to study another Bill.More Button

We did not have any announcement on the Order of Business that this Bill was coming on.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Electricity (Special Provisions) Bill, 1966: Allocation of Time.

Lest there be any misapprehension in this calamity which has developed, the final vote will be taken at 4 p.m. That does not at all imply that there will not be strenuous opposition to this Bill.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Electricity (Special Provisions) Bill, 1966: Second Stage.

“Shower” is right.More Button

Of course it is.More Button

It remains to be seen how successful it was.More Button

I suppose I should not really be surprised at the applause but I am somewhat startled because, listening Deputy MacEntee was like listening to a voice from the past. That speech could have been ma...More Button

The Deputy should know.More Button

If the right honourable and gallant member for the Bible Belt will contain himself, he will have the opportunity to make his contribution in his own time.More Button

Deputy Corry has been waiting quite a long time and no doubt the Cabinet members should do something for him at this stage of his career.More Button

Deputy Corry insists on being discussed. He is not a blushing violet; he thrusts himself on the House even when out of order. He is entitled to something more than membership of the House. No do...More Button

To get down to the Bill; there has been a great deal of talk about the seriousness of the situation which the country is in. There has been no lack of people ready to attack this handful of men in...More Button

However, let us look at the situation as it is at the moment so far as the ESB strike is concerned. How many power stations are there? Does the Minister know?More Button

I am told there are 27.More Button

How many of these at this moment are being picketed?More Button

That is wrong.More Button

Up to about an hour ago, four stations were being picketed out of 27 and I understand the picket on Cork station is being withdrawn at midnight and it is recommended that another two will be withdr...More Button

Let the right honourable and gallant gentleman contain himself.More Button

I could very well ask why do strikes ever start in this country. Why should we have pickets at all?More Button

That is a matter which the Deputy should take up with the trade unions in his constituency. I am sure they would be delighted to give him the benefit of their knowledge on that subject.More Button

The point I am trying to get at is that we are told we are in the middle of a crisis, that the country is on the verge of collapse, that there is a danger of a cut-off right away. There are three...More Button

The jackboot comes of putting down strikes by every and any means. I am surprised that Deputy MacEntee who is, after all, a figure of great prominence in this country and a man who as we know from...More Button

I accept that from a world traveller like the Minister.More Button

All I know is a good bit about County Dublin and a little bit about the country.More Button

I cannot afford it.More Button

I belong to this country—seed, breed and generation—a long, long time.More Button

I prefer to try to tackle our problems in an Irish way. I am sorry if it does not quite mesh with the Minister's ideas. That is unfortunate. The Government have seized the opportunity, in a situa...More Button

I have read the Bill. I know what is in it.More Button

I do not blame the Minister, because he did not give me much time. Was it the intention that I should not, or was it the intention that a few of us would not get much chance of reading it? To fol...More Button

In fact, the whole involved industrial position which we see now in front of us and with which nobody can be satisfied is due to the policy of this Government. It dates back to the initiation on t...More Button

The merits of the claim of the workers have been very ably dealt with by other speakers and I will not concern myself overlong with the details of the merits of the claim but it is obvious that the...More Button

They put forward their claim two and a half years ago. Nobody could possibly suggest that they have been hasty in their action, that they have been irresponsible, that they rushed to the picket li...More Button

The situation, as I say, as of this moment, has been exaggerated in order to force through these powers, to frighten the population and to frighten the majority of the members of this House into vo...More Button

Inherent in the Bill is a provision whereby the Minister can freeze wages. It will be illegal for any employee of the ESB to seek a higher wage than he has at the moment when the Minister makes th...More Button

When the Minister makes the Order, wages are frozen. The Minister has not read it. If the intention is otherwise, it should be made clear in the Bill.More Button

The Minister makes no mention of gaol. I mentioned Mountjoy. I suppose there is no mention of gaol because the Government do not want to offend the susceptibilities of former students of these ce...More Button

If he proceeds far enough with his effort to improve the way of life of himself and his family, he can be levied to the extent of £5,000. There is no mention of gaol, of course, but any of us...More Button

I am very well aware of the fact that the Labour Party's stand in this is not one that would win popularity polls and every one of us is also aware that every effort will be made by the supporters ...More Button

This is the principle that was enshrined in the great struggle of 1913. The speeches made in favour of this Bill could have been and no doubt were made practically word for word by those who sat on...More Button

How can the Minister say this Bill——More Button

This does not contravene what I am saying, that you can establish a wage-freeze.More Button

In this case the matter has been under discussion for two and a half years.More Button

It was settled by the Deputy's friends.More Button

I am not talking about the Deputy's personal friends but the people who have the same outlook as he has.More Button

It is not a bit awkward. It seems to me that this legislation at this time is foolish, imprudent, and dangerous. I can understand and forgive certain members of the Fianna Fáil Government ...More Button

I assure the Minister that my innate——More Button

I was going to say consideration for other people, and of course the laws which relate to the use of certain types of language, pervent me from saying what I would——More Button

It shows how far the Minister is getting from the people. This Bill does not just relate to the ESB fitters; it can be applied to all ESB workers whether they are skilled craftsmen, labourers, cle...More Button

We in the Labour Party deplore the consequences of strikes of this nature because our own people are the first in the front line, as it were, to suffer. But there is here the question of the liber...More Button

I am sure the Minister for Transport and Power without responsibility appreciates that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. This action by the Government has in it certain irrat...More Button

I am sure my learned colleague is concerned as I am about all this. He is far away from here tonight; it saddens my heart that he is. Not that he would do much about it, but he might do a little.More Button

I want to refer briefly now to one of the issues involved as between the ESB and the fitters. Deputy MacEntee referred to a civil war. That is how he describes the action of the fitters in seekin...More Button

However, the question of an incomes policy was underlined in parts of that Report. I should think that those who were responsible for injecting the idea into that Report of the NIEC were the trade...More Button

I do not accept that description. I do not believe there is anything even slightly resembling a civil war between the white collar workers and the manual workers in the ESB. There is, perhaps, in...More Button

When Deputy MacEntee says they have not established it, he means, of course, that they have not established it to the satisfaction of those who run the ESB.More Button

In 1961 a commission was set up to consider this question of the relative positions of groups of workers. This commission recommended there should be one tribunal to deal with wages and conditions...More Button

Debate adjourned.More Button