HC Deb 27 April 1885 vol 297 c810

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, on the River Lennon, near Ramelton, there is a weir over which salmon cannot pass (except in high floods, which are rare in the fishing season) and below this weir a pool about 500 yards in length, in which the owner of the fishery, Sir Augustus Stewart, keeps a boat and net, and whether his employés have for a long time past been in the habit of fishing the pool illegally at night; whether Reports on this subject have been made, without result, to the inspector of the district; and, whether Sir Augustus Stewart is a D.L. of the county Donegal?


The facts are as stated in the Question, except as regards the legality of the course pursued. Sir Augustus Stewart claims to be possessed of a several fishery at the place in question, and that the right has been exercised for the last 50 years, and during time immemorial. There are special exemptions in the Act for cases of this kind, both with respect to fishing within 200 yards of a dam and to fishing at night, which are otherwise illegal.