Irish Rail have announced a Joint Venture Deal with Dublin Zoo, seeing some of the Zoo's Spider Monkeys taking over Administration Jobs in many of Irish Rails Dublin stations.
The deal will also see the reintergration of some of the rail providers staff back into their natural habitat in the Phoenix Park Zoo.
Speaking yesterday, CEO Richard Fearn said he was excited at the challanged that lay ahead but warned that it wasn't going to be easy.
"We realise that by bring the Monkeys into a more public domain we should see an increase to our Customer Service Satisfaction levels. However, by moving some of our staff to the Zoo, it will take a while for them to get used to dealing with people on a daily basis."
"Irish Rail staff need to be able to work with people, help them and to provide the best possible service. The current staff deal we have just isn't providing it. While in essence we are replacing Monkeys with Monkeys, i feel the new recruits will offer a higher form of evolution and a better experience for the customer."
While the new staff will have significantly more hair than the current batch, it is seen as a positive move and one whih Dublin Zoo's Diane Greene applauded.
She said yesterday, "By bringing Irish Rail staff to Dublin Zoo, we are adding yet another visual treat to our patrons. They are extraordinary creatures. While quite aggresive, the still emit a charm that only a mother could love."
ISPCA's Roger Walton was critical of the move saying that the Rail Staff are not ready for such a move.
"It's clearly obvious that the Rail Staff are not at the correct stage of evolutionary progression to be placed in such a confined habitat. When you look closely at them, you can see that the average one has a need for movment. There several chins and long arms need to be excercised quite often."
Diane Greene responded by stating that they do not move that often in the train stations, so moving to the zoo shouldn't be a problem.
Fyffe were unavailable for comment.