§ MR. CRILLY(for Mr. FOLEY,) Galway, Connemara
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that great distress prevails at present in the island of Innisboffin; that 20 or 30 families there are in actual want; and if, in view of this lamentable condition of affairs, he will urge the Congested Districts Board to undertake the completion of the pier in the east end of the island which was begun last year?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. JACKSON,) Leeds, N.
No information has reached the Government of alleged distress on Innisboffin Island, but the Local Government Board have directed their Inspector for the district to inquire into the matter. Works at Rusheen Harbour on the island have, in completion of those undertaken for the relief of distress in 1891, been for some time in progress under a contractor.
§ MR. CRILLY
I may be allowed to say that we have it on the statement of the parish priest that certain families are in a state of want. Will the right hon. Gentleman suggest to the Department the necessity of inquiry of the parish priest?
§ MR. JACKSON
Whatever steps are necessary will be taken to ascertain the facts by the Inspector, who, as I have said, has been ordered to proceed to the district.