§ MR. W. J. CORBET
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he is aware that great distress occurs annually amongst the labouring population of the town of Arklow, county Wicklow, from the want of employment in the winter season; whether he is aware that the harbour works, for which an Act of Parliament was obtained last Session, have not yet been commenced; and, whether he will communicate with the Board of Public Works (Ireland) with a view to their being started at once?
§ MR. COURTNEY (for Mr. TREVELYAN)
The Government are quite alive to the desirability of commencing the Arklow Harbour works as soon as possible. The only delay which has occurred was due to a request that the plans might be examined by a local committee. This has now been done; tenders have been called for and received; the selection will be made in a few days, and the work will then be commenced very shortly.