To ask the Minister for Local Government when he proposes to hold the inquiry into the administration of the Cork Union by the Vice-Guardians; also, if he proposes to give adequate public notice of the date on which the inquiry is to be held; and if he will guarantee that officials and inmates who are prepared to give evidence will not be subject to victimisation for giving such evidence as it may be in their power to give?

The inquiry will be held early in January, the date will be announced almost immediately, and adequate public notice will be given.

Any official or inmate may give evidence at the inquiry. A guarantee of the nature indicated is not necessary as victimisation of officials or inmates would not be tolerated in this or in any other case.