HC Deb 01 May 1893 vol 11 cc1615-6
MR. KENNEDY (Kildare, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Local Government Board for Ireland are aware that the public health has been endangered at Clongorey, County Kildare, owing to the action of the agent of certain evicted farms there excavating a sheep bath, within 12 feet of the public pump, for the cure of sheep scab by poisonous dressing; whether he is aware that this pump formed the water supply of the Clongorey evicted tenants as well as an adjoining school; whether the Guardians of the Naas Union twice directed the agent to have the sheep bath removed, and what answers did they receive; whether he is aware that the Guardians, unable without litigation to have the nuisance removed, closed the pump, leaving the evicted tenants and school children without a proper water supply; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


It is a fact that baths for dipping sheep have been erected within a few feet of the public pump at Clongorey; but these baths, I am informed, have never yet been used for the purpose mentioned. Notice was served by the Guardians upon the agent to close the baths; but he declined to do so, and the Guardians were advised that a prosecution under the Public Health Act would not succeed, inasmuch as the baths had not been used. The Local Government Board are in communication with the Guardians on the subject of the existing water supply, which, it appears, is open to improvement irrespective of the baths in question.