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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 27 Mar 1969

Vol. 239 No. 8

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Smelting Plant.


asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if there is any possibility of having a smelting plant erected at a suitable centre in the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

As I have stated on previous occasions the establishment of a smelter is a matter for private enterprise. I understand that the feasibility study, undertaken by a group of companies engaged in the mining of ore in this country, is now being examined by a smelter company—a subsidiary of the group — which was incorporated here recently. It would be premature for me to make any statement at this stage with regard to the actual establishment of a smelter.