HC Deb 07 April 1892 vol 3 cc880-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether it is a fact, as announced by the Rev. Mr. Green, Fishery Commissioner, in his recent communication to the Congested Districts Board, "that two fishing boats have been built in the Isle of Man for the Board"; whether these boats could have been as well built for the Board at Passage Docks, Carrigaloe, Cork Harbour, or at Arklow; whether he is aware that several fishing boats recently built at the two first-mentioned places, assisted by public subscription raised in Cork, are now considered the fastest, most handy, and best sea-going fishing smacks in the Kinsale fishing fleet, which numbers hundreds, including Manx, Cornish, and French vessels; and whether, if more fishing vessels are to be built for the Board, a further attempt will be made to encourage Irish industry by employing the Cork Harbour and Arklow shipwrights, to relieve Irish wants by Irish labour?


The two fishing boats referred to were built not for the Congested Districts Board, but for Miss Mansfield. They were obtained as a special type for Connemara unskilled crews. When others of this type are required the Inspector is of opinion that it would be possible to obtain them not only in Cork and Arklow, but also in the County Galway.