HC Deb 01 April 1889 vol 334 cc1232-3
MR. BIGGAR (Cavan)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to the proceedings before the last Kerry Grand Jury, when an application made by the cesspayers of the barony of Irraghticonnor, to have the necessary steps taken to investigate the expenditure of £95,000 obtained for the purpose of erecting a pier at Fenit was refused by a majority of 10 to 8; whether he is aware that by the direction of the previous Grand Jury, the opinion of eminent counsel had been obtained in the matter, which stated that several thousand pounds had been misapplied by the Harbour Board; whether that opinion was laid before the present Grand Jury before they came to their decision; whether some of the members of the Grand Jury who voted against the proposed investigation were also members of the Harbour Board and, if so, how many; whether, under the circumstances, he will direct the Board of Works, from whom the loan was obtained, to hold a public inquiry into the manner in which the £95,000 has been expended, and to ascertain whether the pier has been completed according to the original contract and specification: whether sheds and cranes as provided for by the specification have been erected; and whether the condition laid down by instructions from the Lord Lieutenant at the time when the ratepayers were asked to sanction the loan, viz., that no portion of the loan should be allocated to the canal or any other purpose than the erection of the pier, has been strictly adhered to?


I am afraid that I can add nothing to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for North Meath on Friday last; the matter has not been brought officially before the Treasury or the Commissioners of Public Works.