§ MR. JORDAN (Clare, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a protection sea wall at the village of Lahinch, County Clare, and several houses have been swept away; whether he has had any memorial or resolutions from the people of the district in reference to the rebuilding of the wall; whether the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in his recent visit to the West of Ireland, saw the wreck, and if the inhabitants solicited his help in the matter; and whether, under all the circumstances, the poverty of the district, and the nature and purpose of the work, he will grant the aid sought, to rebuild the wall and repair the damage, during the summer months?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The facts appear to be substantially as stated in the first three paragraphs of the question, except that I have no information as to the alleged destruction of houses. No exceptional distress or necessity for relief works exists in the district, and I am unable to hold out any hope that the work is one which should be undertaken by the Government as part of the scheme for the relief of distress. Perhaps the hon. Member will refer to the Treasury as representing the Board of Works.