HC Deb 20 April 1891 vol 352 cc927-8
MR. MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, at the last Assizes for the County Donegal, every presentment for the town of Ballyshannon was thrown out by the Grand Jury, on which that district was entirely unrepresented; that at the previous Assizes, in the summer of 1890, every presentment for the town of Ballyshannon was likewise thrown out; and that among the presentments so thrown out at the latter Assizes was one for the repair of Ballyshannon Bridge, which is in a dangerous condition, the water having soaked to the foundations, which are undermined by the washing away of the lime and cement; whether he is aware that, although the said presentments have been thrown out, a County Donegal Grand Jury granted £4,000 to the widow of District Inspector Martin with the full knowledge that the Government were about to provide for that lady; and whether he will take any steps, by legislation or otherwise, to secure that works for the safety of the public should not be hindered by persons who do not represent the community?


The presentments of Grand Juries do not come under the cognisance of the Executive Government, but I understand that the statements contained in the question are not correct.