Thanks again Losty
We also have to remember that Europe was nowhere near as economically integrated as it is today.
If we go and plump for Maybach, MAN, MTU you still need Deutschmarks.
If we go for Brissonleau and Lotz you need French Francs
If we go for NOHAB we need Swedish Kronor
If we go for Sulzer we need Swiss Francs
If we go for GM we need Dollars
ALL of these were scarce or practically non-existent in the Irish Central Bank coffers which was still part of the Sterling zone and dictating Irish economic policy through London. Ireland was a Sterling user until 1979. Not only the Irish Central Bank, Irish state finance was handled by Bank of Ireland until the late 1960's.
So a half decent quality English Electric is off the cards (fortunately). The Sulzer 101's were a damn good quality engine.
"Irish meat and dairy produce oddly being sold to the UK at the same meeting :roll eyes:"
Its the best thing we had to offer at the time, apart from navvies to slog away on the M62, M5, M1, etc, and make a generation of Irishmen who pretended to be Irish on St Patricks Day, but were born in England. Heck, the job of many of those locomotives was to bring emigrants to the Boat trains on a one way trip, and then haul 15 coach rakes of them on holidays at Christmas, Summer, Easter from Carlisle Pier, Rosslare, North Wall, Cobh, Waterford......