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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 4 Dec 1946

Vol. 103 No. 13

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Wages on Rural Improvement Works.

asked the Minister for Finance if he is aware that many farmers in County Waterford have paid their contributions towards rural improvement works for a considerable time past and that, because the rate of wages offered by his Department for such works in the county is lower than the rate paid to county council workers, it is not possible to get labour to have the works carried out; and if he is prepared to have the rates of wages paid to workers on such schemes brought up to the level of those paid to the county council workers in the different counties.

I am aware that the execution of several small rural improvement schemes has been delayed in County Waterford, as well as in some other counties, due not so much to the rate of wages paid on this class of work as to the general scarcity of labourers in the areas concerned.

As the Deputy is aware, the rate of wages paid on rural improvement schemes has always been determined by the rate fixed from time to time for agricultural labourers.