Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Oil Refineries.

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asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if it is intended to allow further oil refineries to be set up in this country; and, if so, the number and where they are likely to be sited.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply which I gave to Question No. 187 on 14th March last. As commercial interests are free to proceed with the establishment of oil refineries, subject to compliance with planning requirements, I am not in a position to predict their numbers, locations or other characteristics.

May I ask the Minister is the rumour true that I heard that the APCO proposals for Bantry Bay are meeting with difficulties——

That is a separate question.