IRISH RAILWAYS.

For the information of the Dáil, I just want to say that the President has received a letter from the Chairman of the Great Southern and Western Railway pointing out that, in view of the statement made here yesterday, his Board has considered the matter very fully, and, in view of the difficulties that might be placed in the way of all parties, that they have decided on carrying on from the 8th, that is the date on which their notice expires, and in which they guarantee to pay the same wages as the other companies, and carry on, as far as possible, as far as their financial resources will allow. That means that the question of control lapses.

Is there any indication given as to whether that means the closing down of Inchicore?

No indication is given, but we take it from the letter that it means carrying on as before.

Should not it mean that all notices arising out of their previous decision should be withdrawn? I would like to press that point.

We take it that is what it means. Of course, if it does not mean that, we will have to consider it again.

The Dáil adjourned at 7.45 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday.