asked the Minister for Local Government if he will state (i) the number of supervising gangers employed in each of the following areas under the control of an assistant engineer: Killarney, Kenmare, Killorglin and Caherciveen; (ii) the exact duties they perform; (iii) the qualifications necessary for these appointments; (iv) whether the vacancies were advertised before the present appointments were made; (v) whether candidates have been selected from an order of merit list or on the basis of their activities in a political organisation; (vi) who is the appointing authority and on whose recommendation appointees are selected; and (vii) what is the average weekly wage of such employees.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Appointment of Supervising Gangers.
As undertaken in my reply to the Deputy's question of the 16th December last the Kerry County Council was asked to supply the necessary information. A copy of the replies received was forwarded to the Deputy. With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, a copy will now be circulated in the Official Report. I may add that I am not fully satisfied as to the procedure disclosed by the reply to queries (iv) and (vi) and that a circular letter recommending a better and more uniform procedure is at present in course of preparation in the Department.
The following are the replies received from the county council: (i) There is one overseer employed in each of the areas given. (ii) The overseer exercises control over all other road employees including foremen and gangers as set out in the Department's circular of the 6th February, 1947. (iii) A good knowledge of road work and a high degree of personal suitability. (iv) No. (v) The men selected were considered to be the most suitable from those available amongst the council's workers. (vi) The county engineer who receives recommendations from the assistant engineers. (vii) Wages attached to the rank of overseer 16/4 a day—for a full week this amounts to £4 18s. 0d.