§ COLONEL NOLAN
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the convict establishment at Spike Island has now been definitely broken up; and, if he is now prepared to redeem the numerous pledges given by the late Government that a convict establishment would be formed at Galway, for the purpose of improving that port?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
Sir, the convict establishment at Spike Island has been definitely broken up, the last of the prisoners having been removed on the 535 13th of this month. I think the hon. and gallant Member for Galway (Colonel Nolan) must be under a misapprehension as to pledges having been given by the late Government that a convict establishment would be formed at Galway. Undoubtedly, words have been used which require some explanation, as suggesting that such an arrangement was projected, and preliminary investigations were made; but I find that in April, 1880, the Lords of the Treasury "declined to commit themselves, even in principle, to the works contemplated at Galway;" and I can give no promise that they will be undertaken now.