HC Deb 30 March 1885 vol 296 cc989-90

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If it is a fact that the Board of Works, in the year 1880, called the attention of the Special Belief Sessions held at Letter kenny, for the barony of Kilmacrennan, county Donegal, to the fact that certain loans having been made to landlords in the parishes of Tullaghobegley, Raymunsterdoney, and Clondahorkey, with the object of limiting the public works in these districts, where agricultural or other employment was by these loans provided; whether he will state the amount of employment given under said loans during the period of distress in said districts, specifying the locality and nature of the works on which employment was given; and, whether he has any objection to giving, for the small parish of Clondahorkey, particulars as to (1) the amount of loans approved, (2) of loans passed by the Board of Works, and (3) nature of work done from 1st January 1880 to the present time?


The hon. Member has not allowed me time to obtain full information on the subject to which his Question refers. I have ascertained the figures for the barony of Kilma- crennan, those for the separate parishes not being distinguishable. In that area 30 loans were sanctioned under the Belief of Distress Acts amounting to £27,310. The total amount advanced has been £21,038, and the certified expenditure £21,807. Of the latter, £16,083 is described as for drainage only, and the rest is mainly for drainage combined with road making, fencing, and planting.