Meaney, Thomas J. V.

Wednesday, 10 December 1980

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 325 Nbr. 5


Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bantry Advance Factory.

I am informed that the Industrial Development Authority have agreed to purchase the land required for the proposed 12,000 square feet small factory cluster unit at Bantry provided that planning per...More Button

I initiated discussions between the IDA and the county council on this and other matters that are causing some concern to the IDA and others. These discussions are still taking place with particul...More Button

They are being discussed at the present time and the sooner there is a solution the better. I also think they will be the subject matter of an offer at a council meeting during the month.More Button

I hope so but I cannot be definite about it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Donegal Factories.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 14 together.More Button

I am assured by the Industrial Development Authority that both the 24,000 square feet advance factory and the 15,000 square feet small industry cluster in Buncrana are receiving priority treatment....More Button

In order to cater for the growing manufacturing employment needs of the Buncrana area, I recently announced that the authority proposes to build a further 24,000 square feet advance factory in the ...More Button

I am not in a position to divulge when. There have been discussions with some people there and as far as I am concerned the matter is confidential.More Button

I did not say that.More Button

I do not agree with what the Deputy says——More Button

The Deputy knows that filling these factories and bringing industry into an area is an ongoing process. If you have not the land and the factories you cannot accommodate the industrialists. What m...More Button

I am so satisfied.More Button

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I am informed that the Industrial Development Authority is at present negotiating with a company which is expected to relocate its expanding activities in the 1,100 square feet advance factory in C...More Button

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that they have no plans at present to acquire an industrial site at Tramore, County Waterford. Tramore is within the Waterford city catchment ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Expansion.

I am informed that the Industrial Development Authority which owns 22 acres of land in Ballinrobe, is actively promoting the town for suitable industry.More Button

Recently the IDA provided grant assistance towards the expansion of an existing project in the town; this will result in the creation of six additional jobs.More Button

The Industrial Development Authority is actively promoting the further industrial expansion of the towns referred to by the Deputy.More Button

In Clonmel the authority is at present constructing two 3,000 square feet advance factory units; these are expected to be completed by mid-1981 and will be available for suitable small industries. ...More Button

In Carrick-on-Suir and Cashel advance factories of 25,000 square feet and 28,000 square feet respectively have been provided and are being vigorously promoted for suitable projects.More Button

Atari, a US company, has recently been approved grant assistance to expand its activities in Tipperary town. It is projected that an additional 63 jobs will be provided, bringing the total employm...More Button

The authority also has land available for further industrial development in each of the six towns.More Button

I am informed that a number of projects are at various stages of negotiation for some of the towns in question but details of these projects must remain confidential for the present.More Button

I can assure the Deputy that there are negotiations going on at present for the factories he refers to. I hope they are successful. As the Deputy knows we can never say they are successful until ...More Button

I am informed that the Industrial Development Authority is according priority to the industrial development of Cahirciveen and that a member of the IDA Regional Office in Cork has been given specif...More Button

A 10,500 square feet advance factory has recently been constructed in Cahirciveen. This factory and the recently vacated Tricots de Luxe Phillips factory are being actively promoted for suitable i...More Button

We are well aware of the situation. In October a deputation from Cahirciveen met Mr. Killeen of the IDA to discuss the matter. The Minister of State, Deputy Gallagher, met the ITGWU deputation on...More Button

The answer is that there are positive negotiations taking place.More Button

He does.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cavan Employment.

I am fully aware of the industrial situation in Ballyjamesduff. I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that they are paying special attention to the town and are actively promoting ...More Button

That is right. They are trying to bring in new industries to make up for job losses.More Button

The Deputy did not ask me that. I will give him the information later.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Solus Teoranta.

I am aware of the comments referred to. I am informed that, in deciding to provide grant assistance for the establishment in Cork by outside interests of a factory to manufacture light bulbs, the ...More Button

The concerns expressed by Solus Teoranta have also been the subject of discussions with my Department and further discussions in the matter have been arranged. These discussions are obviously of a...More Button

Discussions are taking place and arrangements for further discussions are being made. Therefore it would not be appropriate to answer that question.More Button

The end result will be announced in due course.More Button

These discussions are taking place, they are delicate and confidential and it would not be appropriate for me to give the information until they have been completed. I do not know which side the D...More Button

Discussions are still taking place on the matter and the Deputy will understand my reluctance to make a statement on it.More Button

Does this not deserve consideration in the discussions?More Button

I am not in a position to make a statement on that.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - New Jobs.

I take it the Deputy is referring to jobs grant-aided by the IDA and SFADCo. I am informed by these bodies that the total number of grant-aided jobs approved in 1977, 1978 and 1979 were as follows:More Button

It is calculated by the bodies that the total number of first-time grant aided jobs filled in 1978 was 12,100 and in 1979, 16,800. Figures for 1977 are not available as statistics did not identify...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that total job approvals in any year cannot be directly related to first-time jobs filled in that year as the number of new jobs arising in any particular year is normally ...More Button

Often there are arrears left over from the year before. For instance, Gaeltarra Éireann are not included.More Button

I have given the Deputy figures. I said in my reply that small industries bring jobs into being more quickly. About 15 per cent of job approvals are in projects which do not proceed and for which...More Button

No. The figure is 15 per cent.More Button

It is 15 per cent. There are a lot of figures.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Figures.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 23 and 24 together.More Button

It is a primary objective of the Government's industrial development programme to secure the maximum level of new job creation and to maintain existing employment in so far as this is compatible wi...More Button

SFADCo are continuing their intensive small indigenous industry drive in the Mid-West region and more recently in west/south west Offaly. SFADCo have introduced a number of new measures, including...More Button

Following the success of the SFADCo scheme, a nationwide campaign to encourage the development of small indigenous industries was launched by the IDA earlier this year and is proving very successful.More Button

Assistance provided by the IDA rescue unit in co-operation with the other relevant bodies has contributed to the maintenance or creation of more than 2,000 jobs in the first nine months of the year.More Button

A scheme was introduced in recent months by the Industrial Credit Company Ltd. under which loans at concessionary rates of interest are available to small and medium sized manufacturing firms in re...More Button

Finally, I would refer the Deputy to the announcement by the Minister for Finance on 31 October 1980 concerning the implementation of additional measures for the purpose of job maintenance and job ...More Button

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on 8 December 1980 showed that the numbers on the live register as at end November 1979 and November 1980 were 84,680 and 114,970 respectively.More Button

With regard to the first question it is quite obvious that the Government have taken action.More Button

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The Deputies have only to look across the water and see what is happening to our neighbours where the rate of unemployment is higher.More Button

We are doing more for the economy than Deputy L'Estrange ever did. He never made any contribution.More Button

I read out a lot of positive plans. The Deputy can surely see that, the way the IDA are working. He knows the world situation as well as I do. He knows that we have a rising young population in ...More Button

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Acrylic Fibre Production.

Since there is only one producer of acrylic fibres in this country, it would be contrary to established practice to disclose the information requested in the first part of the Deputy's question.More Button

As regards the information requested about imports of acrylic fibres I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate this information in the form of a tabular statement in the O...More Button

The Deputy does not know his own question.More Button

The Deputy asked a specific question for each month which I have asked, with the permission of the Chair, to circulate in tabular form. He did not ask me to give him the total figure. If he did I...More Button

I have not got the total with me.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Electricity Cost.

It is presumed that the Deputy is referring to a domestic unit of electricity. In mid-June 1973 a domestic unit of electricity cost 0.95p and on 24 November 1980 the unit cost 5.001p.More Button

I do not want to be discourteous to the Deputy but I am answering the question which I got. He said he put down another question but that is a matter for some other Minister. I would like to refe...More Button

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I would like to state that the increase in the price of a unit of domestic electricity from 1973 to 1977 was 189 per cent and from 1977 to date is 82 per cent. As the Deputy knows the price of fue...More Button

I referred in detail to that matter in the House the other evening.More Button

It increased by 189 per cent when the Coalition were in office.More Button