HC Deb 10 July 1876 vol 230 c1171

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether, considering how little the Upper Shannon is used for navigation, he would be prepared to sanction and assist in removing or modifying the obstructions such as Termon Wall, by which the water is kept back and whole tracts of country flooded, and fishing interests sacrificed?


I am not prepared, Sir, to admit that the works at Tarmanbarry do so much injury to the Shannon Valley, or that the navigation of the Upper Shannon is so useless as would appear to be implied by the hon. Member's Question. If, however, it were proved that the injury which may be done would be materially diminished by the insertion of sluices in the weirs, and the landowners were prepared to bear their fair proportion of the expense, the Government would be ready to consider any proposals that might be made with that object.