§ COLONEL NOLAN (Galway, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if a large number of workmen on the Galway and Clifden Railroad are left with their wages unpaid; and if he will take Such steps as will ensure the payment of their wages, either by refusing his consent to the time for the completion of the railroad being extended unless the wages are paid, or otherwise?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. W.L. JACKSON, Leeds, N.)
I have no official information, but I have seen the statement that owing to the fault of the contractor some workmen employed by the Midland Great Western Railway Company were left unpaid. I gather from a statement recently made before the Privy Council that this state of things was remedied by the Company making the payment.
§ COLONEL NOLAN
Is the right hon. Gentleman sure of that, or was it only a third of the amount paid?
As I have said, I have no official information, and I have had no time since notice of the question was given to make inquiry; but I understand the statement was made that the Company had undertaken to see that the wages were paid, and had forwarded the funds for the purpose.