HC Deb 02 April 1895 vol 32 cc719-20
MR. J. J. CLANCY (Dublin County, N.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether he has had brought under his notice the fact that the Irish Coast between Kingstown and Belfast is without a harbour of refuge; and whether, in view of the fact that the harbour of Skerries, county of Dublin, is most conveniently situated and naturally fitted for the purposes of a harbour of refuge, and also of the necessity for a harbour of refuge at that part of the Irish Coast, he will consider the advisability of providing in the Estimates for the comparatively small sum of money which would be required for rendering Skerries Harbour fit to meet that necessity?


Successive Governments have repeatedly stated that their policy has uniformly been to refuse to construct Harbours of Refuge, except in cases of Imperial and National necessity, and this policy, when challenged in this House, has always been supported by the House. I fear, therefore, that I cannot hold out any hope that it will now be reversed.