HC Deb 07 June 1883 vol 279 cc1904-5

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the Board of Works in Ireland have drawn the attention of the Treasury to the very dilapidated condition of St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle, and have sent in an estimate for the general repairs; if so, why that estimate has not been submitted to the House of Commons; if he is aware that, on account of the dilapidated and ruinous condition of the walls of St. Patrick's Hall, the Knights of St. Patrick created since 1868 have been prevented from having their banners and shields hung up according to ancient custom, although they have been charged and have paid very heavy fees for that purpose; and, if he will submit an estimate for the necessary repairs during the course of the Session?


I understand, Sir, that St. Patrick's Hall is much in want of painting and gilding; but it is not dilapidated, still less ruinous. The Board of Works reported in the autumn that it could be painted and gilded at a cost of £400; but, looking to the heavy charges on the Vote for Irish public buildings this year, the Treasury decided to postpone this work until more urgent claims have been met. Provision was made for repairing the walls so as to allow of the insignia of Knights being hung; but, in order not to disturb the walls twice, they will not be hung up until the other work is taken in hand.