§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, What was the cost of building the new pier at Rosscarbery; whether many protests have been made to the Dublin Castle authorities complaining of its present very unsatisfactory condition; whether it is a fact that serious inconvenience has ensued in consequence of shipping being delayed, sometimes for four days together, in consequence of being obliged to use the old pier and being obliged to await a high tide; whether the masters of vessels refuse to approach the new structure, in consequence of its incomplete and unsafe condition; and, what steps will be taken to remedy the existing defects?
THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. JACKSON) (Leeds, N.) (who replied) said
The pier in question cost £4,299. One gentleman has written two letters to the Castle respecting it, his principal ground of complaint being the delays of the contractor for the works. No other objections to the design or execution have reached the Government; but as the Fishery Piers and Harbours Commissioners only provided four feet of water at the pier head at low water springs, it evidently cannot be approached at all states of the tide. No further works are contemplated at this point, nor are there funds available for the purpose.