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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 21 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 10

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cost of Court Case.


asked the Minister for Finance the total cost to the State to date of the Paul Singer case.

The total cost to the State of the Paul Singer case was £40,000 approximately.

What is the reason for the delay? This is going on now for eight or nine years. Thousands of people had money invested in it and I do not think they have been paid.

That does not arise in the question.

I did table all that in the question: I think it was ruled out of order. Still, I think the people are entitled to know what has happened to the Singer case and why there has been such a delay in bringing it to a conclusion. It is going on now for eight years.

You made sure he was not charged anyway.

There are two separate points: (1) the cost to the State of endeavouring to secure a conviction against this man and (2) the civil proceedings. I have no official knowledge of liquidation. Recently, I saw some reference in the newspapers to the effect that a distribution will shortly be made.

In July. Is it not a fact that newspaper reports said that distribution would be made during the month of July? I read it in the Irish Press. I have the cutting. I was rather suspicious that it stated July rather than May or April—July, a month after the general election. You want to “gull” the people on this— that they will all get what will be coming to them after the general election.

I think the reference in the newspapers was very recent.

I shall send the Minister the cutting.