HC Deb 26 March 1895 vol 32 c165
MR. A. O'CONNOR (Donegal, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether, in view of the proposed alteration of the scheme of relief works projected between Termon and Glenvar, he will reconsider the proposal to make a road over the Knockalla Mountain towards which the Congested Districts Board might be willing to contribute, so as to shorten the way from Rathmullen to Portsalon by five miles, and enable the poorer people to draw the turf from the mountain?


I stated in reply to my hon. Friend's previous question of the 18th instant that a work would be opened in the neighbourhood of Glenvar for the relief of a small number of fishermen at that place who had lost their boats in the late storms. A separate work will be opened at Termon, which is some distance away, for the relief of a number of distressed landholders in that locality. It would not, I fear, be possible to concentrate the labour from these two points on the suggested road over Knockalla Mountain; and, independently of this, the cost of the undertaking is beyond the scope of the proposed operations in this part of Donegal. But I may add that the Congested Districts Board are prepared to make a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of constructing the road in question, provided the balance (£1,800, I believe), is forthcoming from the county funds or other sources.