The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has again expressed his deep disappointment that Tuesday's strike in the public service is going ahead.

Mr Cowen said he believes it would be far better to continue with the discussions over how to manage the public service pay cost in the current economic climate.

He said in relation to the flooding emergency, the Government was focused on making sure local emergency plans are working.

Mr Cowen said the Government supports in every way it can the commendable work being done by many people in very difficult circumstances.