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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 4 Dec 1957

Vol. 164 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Member of Board of C.I.E.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will give the names of all the companies of which the person most recently appointed to the Board of C.I.E. is a director, and whether he is aware that the person concerned is a director of a well-known company of motor assemblers and traders.

The answer is in the negative. I should add that I consider that this type of inquisition by way of Dáil questions into the private affairs of persons appointed to statutory bodies and companies is bound to lead to a position in which suitable persons will in future hesitate to accept appointments to such bodies, and is, therefore, contrary to the public interest.

Is it not a fact that this person, Mr. Hogan, is a co-director, or was a co-director, in the firm of Lincoln and Nolan—the firm which supplied the Rover cars—a co-director with the present Minister for Industry and Commerce?

I think, Sir, a question of privilege arises.

Question No. 8.