§ MR. JORDAN
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office if, through the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, he has received a resolution unanimously passed by the Grand Jury of the County of Clare, at the Spring Assizes, 1892, in relation to the unprotected and defenceless state of the towns situated on the River Shannon and the counties through which it runs; whether, in consequence of the action of the Military Authorities, who some time since dismantled the forts on Scattery Island, in the estuary of the Shannon, the Limerick and Clare Artillery Militia regiments are, at considerable expense, drafted to Cork; and will he take into consideration the suggestion of the Grand Jury to erect on each side of the Shannon west of Kilrush strong forts with suitable guns and supply of men?
§ MR. BRODRICK
In view of the very heavy expenditure on places more I open to attack, it is not contemplated to incur expenditure on the forts at the mouth of the Shannon. The Limerick and Clare Artillery, prior to 1885, used to practice at Tarbert. They now train in Cork Harbour, where heavy guns of modern type are available.