Dáil Éireann - Volume 4 - 25 August, 1921
ESTIMATE FOR TRADE AND COMMERCE
DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE, E. BLYTHE DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE, E. BLYTHE
DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE, E. BLYTHE, explained that his estimate was in two divisions, expenditure at home £3,750, and expenditure on consular services £10,000. Items for expenditure at home were salaries of staff £767, Director £250, special printing, prohibition orders, etc., £1,300, stationery and postage £30, office rent £50, railway expenses £100, contingencies £253, industrial exhibition £1,000. This latter item was passed at the last meeting of the Dáil for the promotion of a permanent exhibition of Irish goods. Those items made a total of £3,750. In addition to that there was an item of £827 required for the commission of inquiry to pay debts they had for printing of reports. Four reports would be ready before the end of the year which should be printed and for which he had got a rough estimate of £250, consequently he desired to add £1,000 to that portion of his estimate making it £4,750.
Coming to the consular services he had put down £10,000 provisionally but he thought it would be considerably less than that. The items were Paris £1,000, Antwerp £650, Rotterdam £800, Genoa £200, New York £6,000, Development (Consulate in Germany) £1,350.
The normal expenditure of the New York office was £3,500 but he had made a provision for the opening of vice-consulates in Philadelphia and other cities which the President really required for political purposes but which he thought it would be better to open in the first instance as trade offices and later on they might be declared to be political offices. It was probable this £2,800 would not be required but he had included it in case the President still desired to carry on with the scheme.
(The Leas Cheann Comhairle took the Chair at this stage.)
MR. O'DWYER MR. O'DWYER
MR. O'DWYER proposed that the vote be reduced by £1,000.
S. O'MAHONY S. O'MAHONY
S. O'MAHONY seconded.
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE Cathal Brugha
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE said he realised that Irish manufacturers did not  understand the importance of advertising to anything like the same degree as foreigners. Even those who had money did not understand the value of advertisement, but most of them had not the money to do it. There was no comparison at all with the capital held by the manufacturers in Ireland and that held by the people against whom they were competing. This was a very laudable attempt to help the manufacturers. He knew the very keen competition that Irish manufacturers had to meet and most unfair competition in a number of ways and every assistance they could be given should be given to them by this Dáil. If the Dublin Development Association succeeded in getting up this exhibition and getting most of the manufacturers to show their goods the public of Ireland would see the goods were made in the country— things he was sorry to say people were least educated in. The exhibition would be in one of the best thoroughfares in Dublin. The people would get to know of Irish made goods and ask for them. He believed it would be a well spent £1,000.
JOS. MCBRIDE JOS. MCBRIDE
JOS. MCBRIDE said every country he knew of did its best to promote the sale of the manufactures of its own country. There were permanent trade exhibitions in London, Paris, Berlin, and all big foreign cities subsidised by their own governments and he only wished the Minister for Trade could expend about £20,000 a year instead of £1,000 altogether.
S. O'MAHONY S. O'MAHONY
S. O'MAHONY contended this work should be done by private enterprise or by societies like the Dublin Industrial Association but the Dáil should not spend £1,000 on this project.
L. DE RÓISTE L. DE RÓISTE
L. DE RÓISTE said the question was how best to help Irish industries. The idea was a good one but he agreed with Deputy O'Mahony that the Dáil ought not to do the work. In Cork they would have a permanent industrial exhibition long since only for the war and the essential expense necessary. He did not think the Dáil should go into the matter at once. He thought it most inadvisable for the Director of Trade and Commerce to lay down the lines on which to work. The Development Association had suffered from lack of funds. If they gave them funds they would do the work. The Dáil should not pass this £1,000 and then say to the association, “You must have an exhibition of goods and you must pay £1,000 for the rent of the hall”. He would agree to the vote if it was for industrial development and that no restrictions are imposed on its spending. The Association had made a study of the subject for a long number of years and knew best how money should be spent.
M.P. COLLIVET M.P. COLLIVET
M.P. COLLIVET said he would second that proposal.
DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE
DIRECTOR OF TRADE AND COMMERCE explained there was no question of what the Association should do. He arrived at an agreement with them as to what should be done.
SEÁN MACENTEE SEÁN MACENTEE
SEÁN MACENTEE said they had adopted the economic weapon against England. One of the chief difficulties they had found in pushing forward this policy was that the majority of the Irish people were not aware of articles manufactured in Ireland. He thought the Dáil should be willing to spend £10,000 if necessary on such a trade exhibition.
Amendment put and negatived.
M.P. COLLIVET M.P. COLLIVET
M.P. COLLIVET asked was it agreed that the Director was not to consider himself bound to spend this £1,000 in the form of an exhibition.
DIRECTOR agreed to this condition.
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