HC Deb 05 February 1891 vol 350 cc22-3

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that of the 1,000 families in the district of Gweedore 800 are necessarily dependent for food for four months in the year, from May to August, upon meal supplied on credit by merchants and shopkeepers; that, owing to the failure of last year's potato crop, this meal supply on credit commenced in October last, and has now exhausted the resources of the shopkeepers, who are being compelled to refuse further credit; and that some 5,000 persons are in absolute destitution; whether the Government intend to start any railway works in the neighbourhood; and, if so, when; whether any employment of any kind has yet been started on relief works, such as road making or otherwise; and what steps have been taken to avert starvation within the present month?


I have called for a Report upon the subject, but have not yet received it.