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Blaney, Neil T.C.

Tuesday, 27 September 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 224 Nbr. 1

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - 1965 General Election.

I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to take Questions Nos. 43, 44, 45 and 46 together and, as the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, to have it circulated with the Offici...More Button

Following is the statement:—More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Recasting of Dáil Constituencies.

The question of revising the existing constituencies will be considered in due course having regard to the terms of subsection 4º of section 2 of Article 16 of the Constitution.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ballymun Flats.

As the reply contains a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to have it circulated with the Official Report.More Button

The flats in this project are being constructed by the Cubitt Haden Sisk consortium, with whom the contract was entered into by the National Building Agency, Ltd.More Button

Following is the statement:-More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tenancies of Nenagh Houses.

Three groups of housing accommodation have been provided at Nenagh by the National Building Agency, Ltd. to meet specific requirements of the company which will operate the mine at Shalee. One gro...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Dublin Housing.

Supplementary housing capital allocations totalling £330,000 have been made to Dublin County Council to date in addition to the original total housing allocation of £970,000 notified to...More Button

No final decision has been made as to the amount, if any, of further allocations which may be made to the council, pending the outcome of a general review of the position which is in progress at pr...More Button

I should not imagine so.More Button

They have been doing a review and the Department would review their review.More Button

The Deputy should realise this has been the outcome of the earlier reviews already made known to his local authority, amongst others.More Button

The Deputy has been in recess not only from here but apparently also from his local authority; otherwise, he would know the position.More Button

It would appear the Dáil should have met in the middle of July.More Button

As regards local authority housing, no final decision has been made as to the amount, if any, of additional capital which may be allocated to the corporation in the current financial year. Such ad...More Button

With regard to house purchase loans I understand that the corporation are in a position to finance their limited loan activities from special repayments of earlier advances without recourse to borr...More Button

It means the demand is limited.More Button

That is right.More Button

If the Deputy went to the trouble of finding out, he would know the number of private houses likely to be built in Dún Laoghaire is very small because there has been no housing activity of a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cavan Housing Loans.

I understand that the council suspended approval to further house purchase loans on the 29th July last pending a general review by them of their capital requirements in relation to house purchase l...More Button

The total amount paid and the amount estimated to be paid between now and the end of next March is £107,000, and the allocation is £105,000.More Button

I do not agree or disagree with it. It is payments we are talking about.More Button

He does know. I am saying the total amount paid and the estimated amount that will fall to be paid between now and next March is £107,050, and our total allocation to the county council, to ...More Button

Actually by talking to them, I find they have now agreed to resume it themselves.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Louth Housing and Reconstruction Grants.

I understand that supplementary grants have not been paid by the council for a considerable time, although a loan of £24,000 was sanctioned by me for this purpose on 6th June last; that no dr...More Button

As regards the alleged inadequacy of the £10,000 supplementary allocation, the latest estimate of capital requirements submitted this month by the housing authority indicates that a total sum...More Button

I have taken into account anything that was relevant in giving the Deputy the fullest possible information in regard to the matter under discussion.More Button

The total sum required is £35,200, and the amount of money given, between allocation and credit balance, comes to £35,187.More Button

I do not send money; I make the allocation.More Button

The Deputy should have taken note of something to which I want to draw his attention. The allocation of £24,000 was made in June last and it was not even asked for by way of instalment until...More Button

I was being charitable.More Button

They could have made a request.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fethard (Tipperary) Houses.

I am so aware and I have approved the acceptance of a tender for a further scheme of eight houses. I understand that the housing authority hope to have work started within the next month.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Tipperary Flooding.

A scheme submitted by Tipperary (SR) County Council, under their current main road improvement grant, for reconstruction work on the bridge in Well Road, Carrick-on-Suir which is intended to reliev...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Swords (Dublin) Sewerage Facilities.

I understand from Dublin County Council that it would not be feasible to connect the cottages at Watery Lane, Swords, to the nearby septic tank as the ground levels are such that drainage by gravit...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Review of Rating System.

The impact of rates on various classes of ratepayers comes within the scope of the investigations now being made into the entire system of local finance and taxation.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Corporation Houses.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 59 together.More Button

It is a matter for the housing authority in the first instance to formulate a tenant-purchase scheme and I have already informed the corporation that I would be prepared to consider sympathetically...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Additional Rooms in Dublin Corporation Houses.

Section 24 of the Housing Act, 1966, provides for the payment of State grants to housing authorities in respect of improvement works to houses owned by them, including the provision of additional ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Dublin Public Libraries.

I understand from the Dublin Corporation that the Ballyfermot area is served by a temporary public library while the Ballymun district is served by a mobile library. Sites have been selected for p...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ballyfermot (Dublin) Amenities.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 62, 63 and 64 together.More Button

No firm proposal has yet been submitted to me in regard to the provision of a swimming pool at Ballyfermot. As I explained in replies to previous questions by the Deputy this project is included in...More Button

As to the availability of a site in Ballyfermot for a community centre and assembly hall I would refer the Deputy to my reply to his question on the 9th June, 1965, in which I informed him that the...More Button

As regards Ballymun it is intended that the shopping and community centre to be built at Ballymun will incorporate a swimming pool, a gymnasium and meeting hall. The aim is that the new centre sho...More Button

I could not say offhand the cause of the delay. I can enquire.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Refusal of Reconstruction Grant.

A new house grant was paid in respect of this house in September, 1951. The application for a reconstruction grant was rejected because the work was commenced within the limiting period of 15 yea...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Connemara Toilet Accommodation.

I am aware of complaints regarding the lack of public sanitary conveniences in a number of areas, but I have not received any complaints relating to the Connemara region. The provision of convenie...More Button

Everything in its own due time.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Town Planning Appeals.

The number of planning appeals at present before me is 951, and these appeals will be dealt with as quickly as possible.More Button

I am aware that the rapid increase in the number of new appeals received since the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into operation and the increasing complexity of many of...More Button

If the Deputy would furnish me with the information that went into the making up of the statement he has just made, I would be very happy to do so.More Button

The Deputy can give the information if he has it. I would be glad to have it.More Button

Give me the information. The Deputy will be doing a service to the House and to the country.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Dublin Development Work.

I am not aware of any hold-up of development. There is no reason why any development should be deferred pending the final report of the Dublin regional planning consultant, unless there is a serio...More Button

The consultant's preliminary report was received and issued in April, 1965, and was subsequently published by the Stationery Office. The final report and advisory outline regional plan is due at t...More Button

Put that way, this sounds very convincing but there is another way of looking at it, that is, that the consultant's report and advice are primarily for the Minister for Local Government as to the r...More Button

No. This eminent gentleman's report will be of great interest to all of us, but, whether it relates to a satellite town, north, south, east or west of Dublin, it does not necessarily follow that t...More Button

It is a way out to say so, anyhow.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Planning Permission for ESB Sub-station.

The answer is “Yes”.More Button

The answer is “Yes”. Whether it was the ESB or anybody else who was going on with the particular development, if the case was one in which outline permission only had been granted and, thereby, it...More Button

It should be.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pollution of River Tolka.

I understand from the sanitary authorities concerned that the cause of the recent pollution of the river Tolka could not be traced to any specific source. A temporary breakdown in a small automati...More Button

In addition, I have been informed that action, under the Public Health Acts, to secure the abatement of nuisance has been taken by the sanitary authority against owners of property in a number of c...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Canal Bank Laneways.

The Deputy's question raises a number of complex legal issues. Canals were generally built under private Acts which determined the relative rights, responsibilities and duties of the road authorit...More Button

It is for the road authority concerned to decide what action to take in each particular case in the light of the legal issues applying and where necessary to conduct negotiations with the person o...More Button

As I have already said, this raises a number of complex issues. All I can do is suggest that local authorities when in difficulties in regard to matters of this kind contact my Department and we w...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Abatement of Noise.

I would refer the Deputy to the very full statement which I made in reply to a question on noise abatement on 10th June, 1965.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Spelling of Place Names.

I am not aware of any such proposal.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 27—Local Government.

I move:More Button

That a sum not exceeding £8,581,450 be granted to defray the charge will will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1967, for the Salaries and Expenses of...More Button

The total estimate for my Department for the year 1966-67 is £8,581,450. The net increase on the provision made in the last financial year is £734,750. There is an increase of £...More Button

The Housing Act, 1966, was enacted on 12th July, 1966. The regulations and instructions for housing authorities are at present nearing completion and I hope shortly to be in a position to make the...More Button

This Act will provide the legal framework for the Government's housing policy with its target of 12,000 to 14,000 houses a year by 1970. The Act has been exhaustively discussed in this House and I...More Button

Responsibility for the National Building Advisory Council has recently been transferred to me and the Estimates for my Department now include provision for a grant in aid of £25,000. Deputie...More Button

Deputies will also recall that in the White Paper it was made clear that the present shortage of capital was such that it would be unrealistic to expect that it would not be without its impact on h...More Button

The net additional amount of capital provided by the Government for private and local authority housing and for sanitary services was £1½ million. This amount brings the total capital...More Button

The total number of houses completed by housing authorities and grant aided private enterprise in 1965-66 was slightly over 11,000 which is about twice the number provided four years ago and about ...More Button

The overall capital position, while still far from what I would like it to be, represents a considerable improvement on the position obtaining this time last year. I am undertaking a further urgen...More Button

A paramount need at this time is the formulation, without further delay, of the short and long term building programmes which I asked all housing authorities to prepare. A specific statutory perio...More Button

Up to the present only 36 out of the 87 housing authorities have submitted the results of their surveys. Difficulties in regard to capital make it all the more imperative that we should have these...More Button

Costs of local authority housing continue to rise and present us with a very serious challenge. Unless it is possible to find ways and means of reducing, or at least holding, these costs, further ...More Button

Deputies will be aware that my Department is co-operating with the Departments of Health and Social Welfare in an examination of the problems of the care of the aged. My primary concern is, of cou...More Button

The scheme of special grants for the housing of elderly persons by private enterprise, which may often be the best way of tackling the problem because of the voluntary or philanthropic effort on wh...More Button

There are many complex factors to be borne in mind in deciding an approach to the problem of rehousing the aged. In general, old people like to stay in the same environment to which they have been...More Button

A good approach would be to allocate, say, 10 per cent of any major sized scheme to old persons' dwellings so that they could live with their neighbours and with other members of the community wit...More Button

In so far as private housing generally is concerned, the shortage of capital also made itself felt even though the total amount of capital to be provided for private housing from all sources this y...More Button

As in the case of local authority housing, the rapid expansion of private house building in recent years caused a heavy build-up of commitments which made it impossible in the areas of high demand ...More Button

Dublin Corporation also agreed to work on the basis of carrying forward a debit balance at the end of this year similar to that which obtained at the end of last year. This decision, taken in conj...More Button

A special investigation was also made on my instructions in the Limerick city area in response to allegations of a crisis there in the building industry. I am glad that it was possible, with the f...More Button

It is hoped that the measures taken will result in a general restoration of confidence to builders and their clients which will enable a maximum level of building to be achieved consistent with ava...More Button

I am asking housing authorities for up-to-date particulars of the level of their commitments and expenditure this year. I hope that the opportunity will be taken by them to carry out a careful re-...More Button

While the amount of capital provided by the State for private housing through local authorities is very substantial it should be borne in mind that the bulk of the capital for house purchase loans ...More Button

Problems also face us in the field of general housing administration. There has been a tendency to allow the more urgent problem of the building of houses to divert attention from the need for pro...More Button

Questions of maintenance naturally give rise to the thorny problem of rents. Attempts have been made to misrepresent the renting policy which I have recommended to housing authorities. I emphasis...More Button

I am glad to say that the response to my recommendations to housing authorities in this connection up to the present is encouraging and proposals are in train in many areas for the adoption of rent...More Button

Progress with the vesting of labourers' cottages continues. At the 31st March last, 63,198 cottages had been vested, representing 72.5 per cent of the total number of cottages provided. County co...More Button

The overall local authority housing situation in our larger cities continues to be a cause for concern and every effort has been made by me to lessen as far as possible the inevitable impact of the...More Button

Apart from the Ballymun scheme of 3,021 dwellings, the Corporation had 987 dwellings in progress at the end of last August and it is expected that work will be commenced before the end of next Marc...More Button

The Ballymun housing project is now proceeding at the pace which I forecast when the contract was signed in February of last year and an unplanned virgin site was designated for planning and devel...More Button

I have inspected in every detail the present stage of site operations and contract management. It is an exhilarating exercise for anyone to do so, not merely because of the physical expression by ...More Button

Production of the two storey houses has reached a rate of almost two houses a day, against the original intention of one a day. My optimism that the first of these houses would be available for oc...More Button

My plans for supplementing the housing programmes of the Cork and Limerick city housing authorities by a special joint housing project have been impeded by developments in the capital situation. T...More Button

The continuing demand for private housing grants of all types necessitated an increase of £365,000 in the voted provision for the financial year 1966-67. The spectacular growth in the number...More Button

The scheme of increased grants to farmers and certain other classes has rapidly become an important factor in the campaign to satisfy the needs of rural dwellers for an adequate standard of housing...More Button

Reconstruction work on existing houses is proceeding without diminution, with an annual completion rate of over 8,000 dwellings. In addition to providing a livelihood for many small builders and t...More Button

The campaign which I initiated some years ago for the improvement of houses by the installation of piped water and sewerage facilities is continuing with satisfactory results. The development of p...More Button

The pace of the Government's programme for the provision by local authorities of public piped water and sewerage services has naturally had to be adjusted in the light of the capital position. Th...More Button

Subhead E.2 of the Vote includes a sum of £140,000 in respect of recoupment of supplementary grants for water supply installations to farmers who would have been eligible for the scheme of do...More Button

A total of £895,000 is provided in Subhead F in respect of State contributions to loan charges incurred by local authorities on Sanitary Services Works for the year 1966-67. This shows an in...More Button

Last year I referred to hotel fires which have claimed several lives and caused extensive damage to property, with consequent loss of business and employment. Since then my Department has publish...More Button

The Fire Standards for Public Buildings and Institutions have also been revised and should be available for issue to interested bodies shortly.More Button

There is one other aspect of the question of fire to which I would like to refer. During last year I had the privilege of addressing the inaugural meeting of the Fire Protection Association of Ire...More Button

The low-cost basic indoor swimming pool which I had designed some time ago evoked much interest among local authorities and bodies interested in promoting a better standard of swimming and life-sa...More Button

I was very pleased to have the privilege of opening the first pool of a type similar to the basic pool which was completed in Longford recently, and I am perfectly satisfied, from what I saw there,...More Button

Proposals are before my Department for the provision of pools in other areas including proposals for much needed swimming facilities in Dublin city. While I am more than anxious to press ahead wit...More Button

New pools have been opened recently in Dublin at St. Mary's School and Home for the Blind, Merrion, at the Marian College, Ballsbridge, and at Lahinch, County Clare. These pools have been provided...More Button

I should like to take this opportunity to bring to notice that copies of a 12 minute colour film “To Save a Life” are available, free of charge, to interested bodies, from the National Film Instit...More Button

The provision of two itinerant camping sites in counties Kildare and Limerick is a small beginning in the implementing of Government policy on itinerants. I am disappointed at the slow progress ma...More Button

These matters will each be the responsibility of the appropriate authorities dealing with social welfare, education, employment, etc. The most important link between the itinerant and these variou...More Button

I would like to emphasise that the idea of camping sites for itinerants is not an untried policy, but is one which has been put into operation with remarkable success in other countries. I would a...More Button

I am glad to note the many signs of increasing interest in the welfare of itinerants among local voluntary groups and persons concerned with social work and I want to express my personal appreciati...More Button

The Road Traffic Bill was introduced before the Summer Recess in the hope that it would be circulated in good time before the Dáil resumed. Some difficulties have arisen in connection with t...More Button

The Bill is only one of the measures designed to deal with the twin subjects of traffic flow and road safety. Legislation, regulations, research, education, construction works, enforcement, are the...More Button

The road accident problem continues to be No. 1 priority. The number of casualties rose in 1965 and the position so far for 1966 is that, while the total number of accidents has gone down, there i...More Button

Regulations amending the speed limits on the arterial and some other heavily trafficked routes were made in June and July, 1965. These regulations removed certain anomalies in respect of these rou...More Button

During the year a number of Deputies maintained interest in the compulsory use of seat belts in motor vehicles. As I have explained on a number of occasions, any regulations on the compulsory fitt...More Button

The introduction of regular vehicle tests under the Road Traffic Act, 1961, would be a large scale operation calling for highly trained staff and possibly the establishment of testing stations on a...More Button

The scheme of driving tests has now been in operation for 2½ years and the growth in the rate of applications for tests has been much as anticipated. Applications received in my Department a...More Button

More than 35,000 tests have been carried out and of this number approximately 49 per cent have resulted in failure of the applicants. It has been said that the standard of driving expected from ap...More Button

An improvement in the position in relation to failure in the driving test must depend to a large degree on the efforts made by applicants. These efforts must be well guided; in other words, good ...More Button

Driving tests, in a sense, form part of a broad programme to educate and train the users of our roads in better road behaviour. The more specific work of education in the schools falls within the ...More Button

This brings me to my Department's work in the field of general road safety propaganda. This was continued during 1965-66 and leaflets and films on road safety were produced. Local authorities hav...More Button

Major events in the promotion of road safety during 1965-66 were the special Whit and December campaigns. I am convinced that these campaigns were worthwhile if only because they keep the cause of ...More Button

In 1966-67 a Summer Safety Week was held during the period 8th to 14th May. The emphasis during this week was on the need for safety among cyclists and pedestrians. Next December I shall be spon...More Button

My Department is working closely with the Safety First Association of Ireland. Over the last few years, with financial backing from the Department, the Association has gradually extended its activ...More Button

An examination of the present condition of certain arterial routes carried out by the road authorities concerned has shown a striking co-relation between deficiency in traffic capacity and accident...More Button

This study also revealed the existence of obvious “black spots” on the routes concerned. Accordingly, road authorities have been specially reminded of what they can do in this regard. It is obvi...More Button

The Garda Síochána provide the road authorities with particulars of all accidents coming to their notice. Improvements are currently being effected in the system of reporting. Likew...More Button

The road accident problem is, therefore, being attacked from every angle and this is the way to deal with it.More Button

I come now to measures to improve traffic flow and control, which of course also have a substantial road safety content. During the year I gave consent to 11 sets of local traffic and parking bye-...More Button

It is proposed shortly to effect a further amendment of the Traffic Signs Regulations, the main purpose of the amendment being the redimensioning of roadway markings such as centre and lane lines t...More Button

In Dublin, the close co-operation between the Department, the Corporation, the Garda and CIE continued, and meetings to consider traffic problems were held from time to time. The one-way street sys...More Button

With the improvement of conditions in the central city area, the nerve-centres of congestion have shifted to the suburban radial routes where more difficult traffic management problems arise. The ...More Button

Pending the completion of these other studies, it is intended to experiment with a “clearway” system on a number of radial routes. These “clear-ways” will operate only during peak hours, and while...More Button

The traffic studies I have mentioned relate to traffic management, the purpose of which is to make the best use of an existing street system pending its major improvement. The more general type of...More Button

Despite the difficult circumstances prevailing this year, it has been possible to maintain Road Fund grants generally at the same level as last year. The total programmes of the road authorities f...More Button

This stress on economy is a far cry from the time when road works were considered merely as a device to provide employment. They still have an employment factor, a valuable one, the more so becaus...More Button

We must, therefore, ensure that the improvements to be effected to our road system will follow rational lines. To this end a number of studies are in progress in my Department. One is an analysis ...More Button

When one comes to the replanning of the street systems of cities and towns, the problem demands individual and specialist treatment in the case of the larger cities and towns and those with particu...More Button

All the work being done on road and street planning will be harmonised with that being done on physical planning at various levels. All along the line there is a feed-back process between the two ...More Button

While there has been a substantial, apparently temporary, drop in the rate of new motor vehicles registered, the volume of traffic continues to increase.More Button

As regards the changes in motor tax law effected by this year's Finance Act, I think it only right to remind the House that, while it became necessary to draw extra revenue from motor vehicles for ...More Button

During the past financial year I introduced new arrangements for the licensing of motor vehicles. These enable a vehicle to be taxed for any period of 12 calendar months and provide for a reductio...More Button

I shall mention later the general activities of An Foras Forbartha and indeed some of the specific items with which it is concerned. As the national centre for road research, it has already commis...More Button

I think it is particularly true in the case of roads and traffic that the interests involved are so many and the problems so urgent that it is only by a real team effort that we can get results. M...More Button

I come now to planning and the programme initiated under the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963. Considerable progress has been made at local, regional and national levels. My ...More Button

One of the big problems is the scarcity of trained planning personnel. We are learning to live with this shortage but we are not reconciled to it. We have been relying heavily on a part-time day an...More Button

During the year, an agreement was entered into for aerial surveys, at State expense, of built-up areas of 1,000 population and over. These surveys will give local planning authorities up-to-date ...More Button

The value and benefit of the development plan in the promotion and accommodation of economic activity is no longer in doubt. Each planning authority owe it to themselves and to their area to avail...More Button

While it is envisaged that in due course a comprehensive survey will be made through the development plans of public access facilities at beaches, lakeshores and other recreation areas, the protect...More Button

Local planning authorities will need to make full use of the wide range of powers which the Act confers. These include power to preserve existing rights-of-way and to create new rights by agreemen...More Button

The regional planning programme is progressing. During the past year preliminary reports on the Dublin region and on the Limerick/Shannon/Ennis area of the Limerick region were received from the c...More Button

Regional development centres are intended to stimulate regional development, not to monopolise it. All areas can aspire to a share in the benefits of economic growth. Surrounding areas will benef...More Button

It is important that all planning authorities should realise the important role they now have to play in the economic and social life of the country. To their traditional responsibilities of housin...More Button

At the national level of the planning programme the aim is to evolve a national development strategy based in large measure on the regional studies. I have set up a Regional Development Committee ...More Button

The provision under Subhead I for a grant-in-aid to An Foras Forbartha relates to the physical planning and the building and construction activities of An Foras. The road research activities of An...More Button

The financial year just ended was the first full year of operation by An Foras and it has produced in that time work of high quality and of practical value. It has been enabled to do this by the s...More Button

The six major planning seminars and conferences which have been held in the past 18 months were attended by representatives of local and central bodies, professional institutes and the universities...More Button

During the past year, to exemplify good planning methods by practical example, An Foras has produced in co-operation with the local authority in each case draft provisional development plans for G...More Button

An Foras is also carrying out with the aid of consultants, a study on behalf of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, of the planning problems of the Killarney Valley, including ...More Button

In its construction activity, An Foras has undertaken at my request the drafting of new national building regulations to replace obsolete and inadequate local bye-laws and this task is nearing comp...More Button

I have asked An Foras to give special attention to urgent housing problems. A pilot design for rural cottages has been prepared and is now being studied. I should like to see rationalisation incl...More Button

The number of planning appeals under consideration on 1st April, 1965, was 632. The number of new appeals lodged in the year ended 31st March, 1966, was 1,344, compared with 887 in the preceding y...More Button

The number of appeals disposed of during the year ended 31st March, 1966, was 1,075, of which 738 were formally determined by me. Of the remaining 337 cases, 186 were withdrawn as a result of agre...More Button

The number of appeals awaiting attention at the end of March, 1966, was 901. The rapid increase in the number of new appeals and their increasing complexity have led to considerable delays in clea...More Button

The new procedure under the 1963 Act makes provision for the oral hearing of appeals and, although the majority of the appellants continue to deal with their appeals by way of written representatio...More Button

The provision in subhead G for grants for the clearance of derelict sites and for works of public amenity and for making safe dangerous places at £55,000 shows an increase of £8,000 on ...More Button

Under the Planning and Development Act, planning authorities have a wide responsibility in relation to the development of visual and recreational amenities. High quality projects of this nature ca...More Button

The steps taken in the previous year to speed up consideration of compulsory acquisition proposals have proved helpful. At the beginning of the year 52 proposals for the acquisition of land and wa...More Button

The Estimate includes an amount of £14,750 for grants to An Chomhairle Leabharlanna. Of this amount, £2,500 represents the State contribution towards current expenses and the balance, ...More Button

The Combined Purchasing Scheme continues to afford a valuable service to local authorities by enabling them to purchase their requirements of a wide range of commodities on favourable terms and con...More Button

In recent years, an effort has been made to encourage applications for appointment as official contractors from manufacturers or suppliers whose scale of activity may not be such as to enable them ...More Button

The total revenue expenditure of local authorities, excluding vocational education committees, committees of agriculture and harbour authorities, in 1966-67 is estimated to be £97.28 million,...More Button

In 1966-67, it is estimated that grants will amount to £49.29 million or 51 per cent of the total expenditure as compared with 39.2 per cent in 1938-39, 42.6 per cent in 1956-57 and 47.4 per ...More Button

The figures I have just quoted illustrate the remarkable rise in the proportion of local expenditure which is being met by State funds and the corresponding decline in rates as a main source of loc...More Button

The fact that the rates in the £ struck by local authorities generally increase each year gives rise to considerable criticism of this form of taxation. Indeed, there often seems to be a wid...More Button

As the property valuations on which rates are based increase only marginally from year to year, any increase in local expenditure is bound to be reflected in the rate poundage, thus emphasising th...More Button

During the past year, the Government decided to make available to the public a summarised version of the first interim report of an inter-departmental committee which has been examining the entire ...More Button

I repeat that invitation to persons or bodies to send me any views on our system of local taxation. The committee are, at present, reviewing other important aspects of local finance, including the...More Button

Capital expenditure by local authorities in 1965-66 totalled £24.113 million, an increase of £5.94 million on the amount spent in the preceding financial year. Local authorities contin...More Button

On the Order of Business, someone asked the Taoiseach about this and as I understand, he replied to the effect that the two matters could be taken together or discussed together. Quite honestly, I...More Button

And nationals also.More Button

We are not going to allow a few of them to hog it, either.More Button