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Larkin, Denis

Wednesday, 29 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 Nbr. 10


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

The Taoiseach is taking a bad example.More Button

We are introducing a system here imposing conditions which create this prolongation and the Taoiseach follows that by saying that an imposed settlement might be the answer.More Button

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

Unless the Minister for Education wants to take the ten minutes.More Button

The increase in taxation which is responsible for this debate on the Budget proposals cannot, of course, be taken in isolation. Nor can the increases in the imposts on the ordinary citizens be view...More Button

I do not think there is any great purpose to be served in dwelling at too great length on this Government's history over many years, particularly the history of their approach to problems affecting...More Button

The Government have used many and diverse ways. They were the inventor in this country of the Wages Standstill order. They were the inventor of the phrase “closing the gap”, which was another att...More Button

In 1963, of course, the Government gave a very plain example of what they were capable of. It must be said that on a number of occasions the citizens have been fooled by the propaganda machinery o...More Button

Let us consider this mini-Budget. This term is hardly the correct one. It might be described as a Budget from a mini-Government. If one looks at the situation since 1963, which is a fairly short ...More Button

Government spokesmen at that time indicated here that in their view 12 per cent could not be fully justified and I think eight per cent was the figure suggested then by the Taoiseach. Yet, when th...More Button

The Minister for Industry and Commerce must have been aware of the situation. If not, he and his Government colleagues and the Departmental officials were living in cloud-cuckoo land taking no acc...More Button

During 1964, the consumer price index rose steadily. In November, 1963, it was 164; in mid-February, 1964, it was 165; in mid-May, 171; in August, 173; in November, 175. In mid-February, 1965, it...More Button

Deputies will remember that there was an election in 1965, and although the Government must have been aware of the price increases and difficulties arising in financing the rather generous capital ...More Button

In the early part of the year, we had the situation that the Minister for Local Government was trotting round the country almost shovelling out loans. Circulars were going out to local authorities...More Button

In the latter part of the year, we had the same Minister sending our circulars or avoiding questions in this House about sanctions for schemes and money to carry out the schemes of road development...More Button

Over that short period, from 1963 until the end of 1965, we had a situation where the efforts, to some extent on the employers' side, to bring about some wage stability had some little genuineness...More Button

The Minister for Industry and Commerce came into this House towards the second half of 1965, shortly after the election, with a Prices Control Bill. The Minister for Industry and Commerce was quite...More Button

While the Government were doing nothing, the representatives of the workers were again endeavouring to face up to their responsibilities, to look after the interests of the members as best they cou...More Button

We have heard the Taoiseach today in this House talk at some length about negotiation. One wonders what the Taoiseach meant when he talked about negotiations. Does he mean something other than w...More Button

The Taoiseach repeatedly said that he thought that disputes could and should be settled by negotiation. He indicated that what he meant as regards that matter was that, if two sides had a problem ...More Button

We had, then, during 1965, three things—a constant increase in prices, the failure of the Government to do anything about the increasing prices and a refusal by the main employers' organisati...More Button

That statement would be laughable, were it not for the position of workers who are compelled to take strike action when they cannot achieve their legitimate objectives by free negotiation. We have ...More Button

The situation was reached in which negotiations broke down and they went to their members and recommended that an adjustment of £1 a week be sought and secured in order to meet the increase i...More Button

However, these workers had been attempting to negotiate fringe benefits for six months. There was no discussion, or if there was discussion, there was no answer, no move. When they moved to get t...More Button

I thank the Minister for that information. The situation is as I anticipated. Last week I had occasion to meet the Minister for Health about another matter and we discussed the question of male n...More Button

The Minister for Finance and every member of the Government must be aware that the £1 a week was sought in respect of increases in the cost of living between November, 1963, and November, 196...More Button

I do not begrudge people on satisfactory salaries getting an increase when the cost of living goes up, but I say again that the impact of living costs is hardest on those on low wages, those on soc...More Button

Today the Taoiseach calmly stated that the £1 a week increase had been secured by a majority of the workers. If that increase has been secured by the majority of the workers, it was secured b...More Button

Does the Minister for Finance ever look at his own statistics? Does he ever consider that it is not possible for a worker in this city to maintain himself and his family on the average wage set o...More Button

We now have a Budget introduced ten weeks after the main Budget by a mini-Government. I have endeavoured to show as reasonably as I can where the responsibility lies for the industrial unrest in t...More Button

In Dublin this year the situation is almost chaotic. We have heard of a scheme for financing house purchase by which the builder makes the money available to the housing society to lend it to the ...More Button

I was myself critical of the then Minister for Local Government in the period 1955-56 in the then difficult circumstances. The Minister's colleagues in this House and outside during that period ma...More Button

Reference has been made by many speakers to the increase in unemployment. There were 6,000 more unemployed in the last week of May of this year compared with the same week in 1965. Employment in t...More Button

It is hardly necessary for me to tell the Minister that his so-called mini-Budget will bear most heavily on these people. The five per cent sales tax will not apply to all commodities, but when on...More Button

At the moment—I should like to bring this to the Minister's attention —there are 100,000 male workers earning less than £10 per week. Out of that £10, if they are single, t...More Button

These, of course, are not the kind of budgets in which the Minister is interested; these are not the kind of budgets about which he is concerned. The concern of the Minister and his Government is t...More Button