§ MR. FINIGAN
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Why the sum of two thousand pounds, sanctioned by the Treasury in November last as a loan for the repair of the Clare Castle Harbour and Pier, has not in any part been expended thereupon; and, whether he will communicate with the Irish Board of Works with a view to their proceeding with the work sanctioned by the Treasury?
§ SIR HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSON
Sir, if the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will answer the Question. The reason why no part of the £2,000 was expended on Clare Castle Harbour and Pier is, that before beginning the works it was necessary to make a careful survey. This has now been done; but some little delay is still unavoidable, as the engineer to the Board of Works must personally visit the place in order to complete the plans. He has been directed to proceed to Clare Castle as soon as he can.