asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the reason for the dismissal of thirty-seven workers employed at forestry work at Emo forest centre; if he is aware that most of the workers now unemployed are married men with families who can find no alternative employment locally; and if, since there appears to be no shortage of either forestry or development work, and no justification for reducing the staff by over fifty per cent. he will arrange for discussions with the men's trade union representatives immediately with a view to the re-employment of the men without delay.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dismissals at Emo Forestry Centre.
I am having the whole employment position at Emo Forest re-examined as a matter of urgency. I expect that the necessary enquiries will be completed within a few days and I will then communicate with the Deputy.