As Christmas approaches there are fears that a lack of plastic will leave retailers short of toys.

Raymond Moutray a buyer says the dearth of toys throughout Ireland is evident on the empty shelves in retail outlets.

There's a tremendous shortage of toys.

The shortfall does not just apply to a particular toy but rather anything with a plastic or metal content. The importers who place orders early in the year are only receiving half of what they ordered and in some cases nothing at all.  A deficit in plastic the raw material for toy manufacturers is to blame for them not being ale to meet the demand from retailers.  

The shortage has arisen as a result of supply not meeting the growing demand for the raw materials of plastic and metal used in manufacturing toys in the developing world. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 November 1973.