Dáil Éireann - Volume 254 - 08 June, 1971

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - North Strand Bombing Compensation.

5. Mr. Harte asked the Minister for Finance if he will state in respect of a claim for compensation made against the German Government in 1941 in connection with the bombing of the North Strand, Dublin, whether any compensation was received; if so, the date it was received; and how it was disposed of.

Mr. Colley: Compensation totalling £327,000 approximately was received from the Federal Republic of Germany in respect of the bombing in 1941 of the North Strand, Dublin. The final payment was made in 1958. The compensation was paid into the Exchequer.

Mr. Harte: Have any of the families who lost members received any compensation?

Mr. Colley: Yes. They were compensated, in fact, from the Exchequer. That is why the money was paid into the Exchequer, because it was recovered later. Details of this were laid before the Dáil in 1959.

[1152] Mr. Harte: Did the Minister say the money was paid out in 1959?

Mr. Colley: I said the details of the agreement between the two Governments were laid before the Dáil in July, 1959, but the people concerned had already been compensated by the Government here.

Mr. P. Belton: Was the amount paid by the Exchequer greater than the amount paid by the West German Government?

Mr. Colley: Yes, greater. It was £344,000 as against £327,000 recovered.