HC Deb 16 July 1894 vol 27 cc27-8
DR. R. AMBROSE (Mayo, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if Mr. Commissioner Robinson, of the Irish Local Government Board, has yet made his Report as to the extent of the distress caused by the late drowning disaster in Clew Bay; whether he has suggested any means for meeting such distress; and whether the Government intend to take any steps to prevent a recurrence of such disaster?


Mr. Robinson proceeded to Achill Island on the 14th of June to inquire into the condition of the people consequent upon the boat disaster off Westport on the previous day, and his Report was received by me a few days afterwards. I understand that grants of money have been made by the committee in charge of one of the funds to each of the relatives dependent upon the persons who were drowned; that no immediate want has been left un provided for; and that the allocation of the remainder of the money in the hands of the local committee and of the representatives of the other funds is now receiving consideration. The railway from Newport to Mullrauny is open, I believe, for traffic to-day, and it is hoped that the extension of the line thence to Achill Sound will also be ready for traffic early next month.