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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 8 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 6

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Retail Distributive Trade.


asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the increasing public alarm at the activity of non-Irish interests in the retail distributive sector; and if in view of this he will indicate when he will publish the Census of Distribution 1966, so that the accuracy of the opinion expressed in NIEC Report 17 that no such danger existed, can be objectively assessed.

I am aware that concern has been expressed in regard to the possibility of small independent grocers being subjected to unfair competition from supermarkets, whether Irish or foreign controlled, and I have stated that I will consider action to eliminate abuses should these be seen to exist. I understand from the Central Statistics Office that the preliminary results of the Census of Distribution for 1966 are being published this week.