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Haughey, Charles J.

Thursday, 16 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 5

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Fertiliser Prices.

The increases in price recently authorised by the Minister for Industry and Commerce will involve an increase of not more than about 3 per cent in total expenditure by farmers on fertilisers. Becau...More Button

That is complete nonsense. I am all the time keeping farmers' costs under review. As a matter of fact, I initiated some arrangement recently under which the question of the consumption of fertili...More Button

Land Project grants were increased.More Button

Land Project grants were substantially increased.More Button

When I increase the grants under the Land Project, you want to forget about it and talk about something else. There is plenty of credit available for productive purposes to farmers. All the credi...More Button

I did not say anything about giving Clinton his answer.More Button

I did not.More Button

I did not.More Button

Do not talk nonsense. Before the price increase was allowed and the fertiliser manufacturers have been looking for this increase for about nine months now——More Button

I will not be shouted down. Before that increase was permitted by the Minister for Industry and Commerce, a Prices Advisory Committee was set up on which we put a prominent member of the NFA to l...More Button

I do not know whether they are satisfied, but they had a representative on the Prices Advisory Tribunal. Does the Deputy deny that the increase was justified.More Button

That is patent dishonesty. You are trying to have the best of both worlds. You will not face up to your responsibilities.More Button

When Deputy Sweetman was Minister for Agriculture, he did not commit these irresponsibilities. He just said nothing at all.More Button

Des Foley cut them for me the week before.More Button

I have a letter in from Westmeath and I may have to quote it for the Deputy.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Ewe Lamb Subsidy.

I am satisfied that it would not be in the interests of mountain sheep breeders to offer a subsidy which would encourage the sale of ewe lambs off the mountains.More Button

That is typical of Fine Gael. The scheme is not in operation yet and they are attacking it.More Button

It is the first scheme ever introduced for mountain sheep farmers and they are attacking it before it even starts to operate.More Button

I set up an expert study group to investigate this matter. They recommended something which will cost about £400,000 or £500,000 a year. I accepted it immediately and put it into opera...More Button

They are all for it.More Button

When Fine Gael want to try to appear to be on the farmers' side, they get Deputy Clinton to put down a question, and when they want to appear to be on the side of the consumer against the farmers, ...More Button

The Deputy is more of an expert on language, good and bad, than I am.More Button

Not from me.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Price of Tomatoes.

The price of tomatoes, which had been affected by the Dublin dock strike and by extra demand during the recent spell of fine weather, has dropped sharply this week. Home-grown supplies are being m...More Button

I am not interested in becoming a tool of any pressure group in the Dublin wholesale fruit market. I issue the licences on an absolutely fair and equitable basis and what members of the trade do w...More Button

I am not in the dock.More Button

That is a lie.More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button

I withdraw the word “lie”. It is a complete fabrication, an untruth.More Button

I do not know what they got. I want to say that what the Deputy has just said is a complete and utterly unjustifiable fabrication. I want to explain that I favour nobody. I have consistently ref...More Button

I wish Deputy Clinton would get his mind clear on this. He is talking now about setting up monopolies, but on the other hand, by implication, he praised the system in Northern Ireland where appare...More Button

If two is a monopoly and one is not, I cannot understand what a monopoly is.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Non-Nursing Hospital Staffs.

You will get a better deal from O'Malley than from anyone in Fine Gael.More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button

Yes, they will get their £1.More Button