§ MR. O'KELLY
asked the Chief Serctary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Local Government Board have been made aware, through their inspector, of the existence of distress in the district of Tarmonbarry, co. Roscommon; and, if so, what steps have been taken to meet the distress?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
, in reply, said, that the Local Government Board had not received any special Report from their Inspector with regard to the distress in the district referred to. They had, however, been told of the distress by one of the parish priests of the district. There were some public works which were authorized to be done in the barony in which the place was situate; but the Government had no other legal power to relieve distress, owing to the expiration of the Relief Act, except the usual power of granting Poor Law relief. He had, however, hopes that those ordinary powers would be sufficient to meet the distress.