HC Deb 21 February 1895 vol 30 c1253

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) whether he is aware that the fishermen of Glenvar, County Donegal, lost all their boats and fishing gear by the hurricane of the 22nd December last, and in consequence of this have now no means of making a living for themselves and their families; that their condition is rendered still more severe and harassing for the reason that the distress so prevalent throughout Ireland this season had previously been keenly felt by them; and also that many of them still owe instalments for the lost boats; and (2) whether, under these circumstances, relief works will be at once started in the Glenvar district, and thus save these people from starvation?


I understand that the fishermen in the Glenvar district, County Donegal, lost ten boats in the storm of the 22nd of December last, and this, no doubt, is a very serious loss to these poor people, especially during a season otherwise unfavourable. I have called upon the Inspectors of the Local Government Board to report upon the condition of the people, and whether any necessity exists for supplementing the machinery of the ordinary Poor Law in the district.