§ MR. SEXTON
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, towards the close of last year, it was reported officially to the Irish Government that relief works would be needed to prevent starvation in the parish of Loughglynn, County Roscommon, and especially in the Liscaul district of the parish, bordering on the County Mayo; whether an Inspector inquired recently if men in the parish would work for a stone of Indian meal per day, and was informed that they would gladly do so as starvation was imminent in the district; and whether works will now be started to provide the destitute with means of subsistence for the next two months, until the new crop becomes available?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The condition of the district mentioned has been carefully watched by the Government, but until recently no necessity has arisen to start relief works. Upon that necessity arising works were ordered in the electoral divisions of Ballaghaderreen and Coolavin to serve the district, which will be forthwith, if indeed they are not at the present moment, put in operation.