CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. - RE NATIONAL SOLDIERS.

To ask the Minister for Defence whether he is aware that National soldiers from Greystones Barracks were sent on three occasions to thresh corn at the residence of Police Officer Short, Kiloughter, Wicklow; whether he approves of such use being made of members of the Army, whether they were paid the standard rate of wages for such work while so employed, and, if not, what rate of wages were they paid.

On no occasion were National Soldiers sent from Greystones Barracks to thresh corn at the residence of Police Officer Short, Kiloughter, but soldiers have of their own accord, when on leave, gone to that house for purposes of recreation.

May I ask if it is the custom that soldiers who are on recreation are supplied with motor cars and lorries belonging to the National Government?