Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Forestry Workers.

Tuesday, 11 May 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 253 No. 10

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47.

Mr. Treacy: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  asked the Minister for Lands the number of forestry workers who have been laid off this year, indicating the forest areas involved; and if he will state the reasons for the dismissals.

Mr. S. Flanagan: Information on Seán Flanagan  Zoom on Seán Flanagan  The information is in the form of a tabular statement which, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to circulate with the Official Report.

The information set out in the statement covers the period 1st January to 7th May, 1971, and is inclusive of men who were in employment on that date but who have been served with redundancy notice to expire at a later [1494] date. The reason for the redundancies was contraction of work at the forests in question.

Following is the statement:

Counties Number of men laid off Number of men dismissed
CLARE:
Ballyvaughan 4
Ennis 2
Tuamgraney 1
CORK:
Avondhu 2
Ballynoe 3
Ballyvourney 3
Banteer 1
Duhallow 1
Dunmanway 1
Killeagh 1
Kinnalea 1
Muskerry 1
Rosscarbery 2
DONEGAL:
Buncrana 9†
Gweedore 3
Kilcar 3
Letterkenny 1
Gweebarra 3*
KERRY
Cahirciveen 1
Castlegregory 2
Kenmare 2
Kilgarvan 3
Killarney 3
Killorglin 2
Waterville 4
KILDARE:
Athy 2
KILKENNY:
Piltown 2
LIMERICK:
Newcastlewest 2
LONGFORD:
Ballymahon 2
LEITRIM:
Arigna 2
OFFALY:
Tullamore 1
Roscrea 6
ROSCOMMON:
Boyle 3
Lough Key 6
TIPPERARY:
Anner 2
Carrick-on-Suir 2
Templemore 1
[1495]WATERFORD:
Curraghmore 1
Dungarvan 1
Kilmacthomas 5
Tallow 1
WESTMEATH:
Lough Ennell 3
Lough Owel 1
WICKLOW:
Glen Imaal 3
Shelton 7

* Alternative employment with the Land Commission has been provided for these men.

† Will be re-employed 11/8/1971.

Mr. Murphy: Information on Michael Pat Murphy  Zoom on Michael Pat Murphy  Does the Minister not think it unfair to dismiss men with up to 14 years service, to my knowledge? Other Deputies know what the position is in their own districts. Is it not very unfair that a forestry worker who has given good and faithful service over a period of years should be dismissed and get only a small redundancy payment, particularly having regard to the fact that a pension scheme is now being formulated for such workers? As a result of being dismissed or declared redundant they will not benefit from such a scheme. This is completely unfair and unjust and it is something to which this House must address itself. These workers are being thrown out of employment after years of service. This is worse than the unemployment question we dealt with in the Dáil the other day.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Question No. 48.

Mr. Murphy: Information on Michael Pat Murphy  Zoom on Michael Pat Murphy  Give the Minister an opportunity to answer.

Mr. S. Flanagan: Information on Seán Flanagan  Zoom on Seán Flanagan  I do not like men to be declared redundant or to have to be declared redundant any more than the Deputy or any other Member of the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Question No. 48.

Mr. Murphy: Information on Michael Pat Murphy  Zoom on Michael Pat Murphy  Excuse me. Surely in areas where land is available——

[1496]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  We cannot discuss this whole question.

Mr. Murphy: Information on Michael Pat Murphy  Zoom on Michael Pat Murphy  I am not discussing the whole question. This is only my second supplementary.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Question No. 48.


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