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Employment Problem

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"FOUND: Village with no employment problems"

Following on from our article in Times Pictorial, week ending May 5th 1951, in last week's issue of Lucan Newsletter – things had changed by November of that year.

Dáil Éireann - Volume 127 - 22 November 1951

Oral Answers - Lucan Unemployment

Mr. Rooney asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce what steps he proposes to take to relieve unemployment in the Lucan district amongst employees of the local woollen mills.

Mr. Lemass: "When it became evident that the temporary decline in clothing sales, coupled with the existence in the hands of merchants of exceptionally heavy stocks accumulated for stockpiling purposes under the facilities afforded earlier in the year, were likely to affect employment in the woollen and worsted mills, steps to correct the position were immediately taken by curtailing the quantity of woollen and worsted cloth permitted to be imported in the current quota period, and by reimposing the tariff on imported woollen and worsted yarns. The question of what further measures might be taken to improve the position is, at present, under consideration."

Note: Mr Rooney was Eamon Rooney (FG), who served the constituency of Dublin County from 1948 to 1965. At the time, Lemass was Tanáiste and Minister for Industry and Commerce.

Hills Mill Ad

Note: Some readers identified historical inaccuracies in last week’s article – while were some, I would point out that it was simply a copy of the 1951 Times article

. Mary Mulhall