HC Deb 17 April 1888 vol 324 c1494

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If the Government intend to take early steps to locate convicts at Galway for the purpose of connecting Mutton Island with the main land, as recommended by the Committee of which Lord Cross was a member?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The proposal to construct a breakwater from Mutton Island was considered by the Royal Commission on Irish Public Works, and they reported that the large expenditure of public money which such a scheme would involve should be postponed in favour of the many more urgent demands upon the public purse which exist. Under these circumstances, the Government are not prepared to take any early steps in the matter.