§ MR. MINCH (Kildare, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that an application was made to the Grand Jury at Kildare, at their last meeting at Naas, on behalf of the Military Authorities, for leave to close the public road passing through the 517 Curragh, and leading from Ballysax to Altigarvan and Newbridge; and whether, considering the widespread dissatisfaction which this action on the part of the Military Authorities has caused in the localities likely to be affected, and in view of the serious depreciation in the value of property, and the great inconvenience to the public which the closing of this road would involve, he will have inquiry made into the matter, and have the rights of the public protected?
§ *MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
It has become necessary to close the road running through the camp at certain hours to allow of rifle practice. Application has been made to the Grand Jury who approve the closing of the road on certain conditions which are now under consideration, and which include the opening to the public of certain military roads and the maintenance at the War Department expense of other roads belonging to the county.