With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 41 together.
I was not consulted about the plan of reorganisation referred to which is based on a survey commissioned by private interests. The person who carried out the survey did, however, have talks with my Department on matters on which he required information.
Regarding the questions of retraining and alternative employment, the position is that An Chomhairle Oiliúna will be prepared to consider providing suitable courses as the necessity arises and the Employment Service of my Department will give all possible assistance in finding alternative employment for any of the men who become redundant.