Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cork Employment Exchange.

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asked the Minister for Social Welfare the reason women were obliged in August 1980 to sign on on the second floor of the employment exchange building in Cork in view of the fact that children are not allowed on that floor.

Children are not prohibited from entering the upstairs floor of the employment exchange in Cork where women claimants have always registered for unemployment. There was no change in this arrangement in August 1980 or at any other time.

Is the Minister aware that a newspaper report to that effect was published and was not refuted?

I have now refuted that report.

Is it not extraordinary that it has taken four months to refute that report? Will the Minister confirm or deny that any arrangements of that nature was in operation at the Cork employment exchange?

There was no change in that exchange in August 1980. The report in the newspaper may have arisen as a result of the issuing of a leaflet which was circulated and stated that fact. It is my information that those who circulated the leaflet admitted subsequently that the information was incorrect.