DR. M'DONNELL (Queen's County, Leix)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been directed to a Resolution passed by the Marlborough Town Commissioners in reference to the hardships entailed both on buyers and sellers by the recent Order in Council concerning swine fever; and whether, having regard to the state of facts disclosed by the Resolution, steps will be taken to lessen the stringency of the operation of the said Order?
MR. J. MORLEY
I am informed by the Veterinary Department that in consequence of the prevalence of swine fever in the Mountmellick Union, which comprises the town of Maryborough, the Union was brought under the operation of the recent Order in Council. The number of outbreaks of swine fever in the Union in the year 1894 was 120, and in the present year, 18 outbreaks have so far been reported. The provisions of the Order will be relaxed in regard to this Union so soon as this can be properly done.