HC Deb 26 March 1895 vol 32 cc166-7
MR. L. P. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that in the Strokestown Drainage District, on the townlands of Carrownrinny, Ballydaly, and Sheegeeragh, in the main drain running through the latter townlands, an obstruction has been erected, and is allowed to exist, which has created a backwater injurious to certain portions of the lands of Sheegeeragh, particularly the potato crop planted in the spring of 1894; and, whether steps will be taken to prevent further injury to the lands and crops of the occupiers?


The Board of Works have received the following explanation from the Secretary to the Drainage Trustees, with whom the whole responsibility rests:—The obstruction referred to exists, and it is persistently kept up by a tenant whose farm it adjoins for the purpose of providing a watering place for his cattle. The obstruction was completely removed by the Superintendent of Works in the district some time past, but it was subsequently replaced by the tenant referred to. The Strokestown Drainage Board, at their last meeting, directed the Secretary of the Drainage Trustees to request the agent over the estate in which the obstruction is, to meet some members of the Board where the obstruction is, with the view of having the matter amicably arranged. He was represented on the ground, and it was agreed upon that the agent would provide the necessary accommodation for the tenant's cattle. The Drainage Board will now press to have the arrangement carried out, and should it not be done the Drainage Board will resort to law proceedings.