asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the serious economic plight of the provincial newspaper industry; and what steps he proposes to take to save this industry from financial difficulties.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Provincial Newspapers.
There is no positive information available to my Department which would indicate the financial state of the provincial newspaper industry as a whole. Up to now the newspaper industry has not been eligible for either adaptation or re-equipment grants but, following a recommendation of the Committee on Industrial Progress the extension of grants to the industry is, at present, under consideration by the Industrial Development Authority. I expect a decision shortly.