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Hillery, Patrick John

Tuesday, 7 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 1


Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Relations and Prices.

The Dáil will, in due course, have an opportunity of considering legislative proposals aimed at improving industrial relations and promoting harmony. In the meantime I have been in consulta...More Button

I propose to continue to use my powers under the Prices Acts 1958 and 1965 to secure that there will be no avoidable increase in prices. The Deputy is, no doubt, aware that the Consumer Price Ind...More Button

No matter what I do I cannot win.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Port Stoppage.

The parties to this dispute are aware that the Conciliation Service of the Labour Court is available to them and a Conciliation Officer of the Court is, in fact, in touch with the parties at present.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bank Strike.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 47 and 48 together.More Button

On 17th May last I answered similar questions about the bank strike. I explained that the banks and their officials have a Joint Industrial Council the constitution of which sets out their own agr...More Button

Is the Deputy comparing banking with some other service?More Button

The Deputy will have plenty of time to make that comparison.More Button

The Deputy can continue to deny that rumour.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Child Labour in Dublin.

The employment of children under 14 years of age in industrial work is prohibited by the Conditions of Employment Act, 1936 and a check is kept on this matter by inspectors of my Department in the...More Button

If the Deputy is in a position to let me have specific information about a possible breach of the law, I will, of course, have it investigated.More Button

A number of prosecutions have been taken.More Button

I think Deputies have responsibility.More Button

I have inspectors. If cases exist which are not discovered by the inspectors and the Deputy is aware of them, he has the responsibility of letting me know.More Button

I would simply deal with the matter.More Button

If the Deputy thinks I can get information from these councils, I shall certainly have the councils approached.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Factory Inspections.

I appreciate the concern of the Deputy in the matter of safety in factories, but I do not consider it necessary or desirable to adopt the suggestion made in the Deputy's question.More Button

Section 73 (1) (g) of the Factories Act, 1955 enables an inspector, should he so wish, to have a safety delegate, if there is one, accompany him on his tour of inspection of a factory and the essen...More Button

The reports of factory inspectors are confidential departmental documents and are not made available to third parties.More Button

The provision is there to permit of safety committees being set up by the workers, if they so wish.More Button

I can understand factory inspectors giving encouragement but I think the workers themselves should have a sufficiently responsible sense of their own protection.More Button

If I had any evidence of obstruction to such safety measures, I would certainly deal with it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imported Timber.

The question of restrictive trade practices in relation to the supply of timber was investigated in detail by the Fair Trade Commission in the course of a public inquiry held in 1953 and 1954 into ...More Button

I have no evidence that the terms of the Order are not being adhered to or that restrictive trade practices on the part of the Timber Trade Federation of the United Kingdom or other trade associati...More Button

As I said, I shall seek to discover this, but, if the Deputy has any information to which I have not got access, then he should make it available to me.More Button

Yes.More Button

It is the Deputy who is sitting back.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sligo-Leitrim Industrial Employment.

Apart from the specific cases mentioned, I am not aware of any redundancy in other industries in the area mentioned in the Deputy's question.More Button

The main objective of Government industrial policy is to create the conditions in which private enterprise will become more efficient and will be stimulated to embark on new activities. In order to...More Button

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

I move that the Bill be now read a Second Time.More Button

The Bill deals with the question of the interruption of supplies of electricity arising out of trade disputes and I should like to explain to the House that its provisions would become effective o...More Button

It is not the type of legislation which the Government thought it would ever be obliged to introduce but the community cannot carry on without electricity. There are two possible methods by which a...More Button

The facts of the situation are sufficiently well known and do not call for a lengthy statement from me. It is no revelation to say that in our western civilisation conditions of life have by now b...More Button

The realities of the situation in which we now find ourselves transcend any such issues as traditional rights of sectional interests. When the lifeline of the nation is in danger, if the nation ca...More Button

If that is not the purpose of pickets on ESB installations, then they have little meaning at all. The one simple, basic fact in this whole matter is that we cannot carry on now without electricity...More Button

If an Order is made bringing the Act into operation, it will give legal effect to the rates of remuneration and conditions of service to people employed in the ESB. This will not prevent rates or ...More Button

The House is aware that the normal traditional method for resolving differences is by free collective bargaining. The Government would prefer to see the parties in the ESB settling their difference...More Button

I do not know why Deputies saw fit to make remarks about my colleague, the Minister for Transport and Power, because he is not handling this. He, like all Ministers, participates in a collective re...More Button

One way.More Button

This legislation cannot be used unless supply is interrupted or threatened with imminent interruption.More Button

I thought the Deputy might not have read it.More Button

That is not so. He may get an increase from the Labour Court, the tribunal, the arbitrator.More Button

It must be made clear that what the Deputy says is not so. It is a serious matter.More Button

That does not prevent them being changed by the tribunal, by the Labour Court or by the arbitrator who is appointed.More Button

The Bill seeks to prevent people from stopping the supply of electricity. It is to protect the people.More Button

Gentlemanliness.More Button