HC Deb 23 July 1896 vol 43 cc473-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, (1) whether he is aware that numerous seizures have been recently made on occupiers in the neighbourhood of the River Suck, in Roscommon and Galway, for drainage charges, from the expenditure of which they allege they received no benefit; and (2), whether, owing to the widespread complaints as to the wasteful proceedings of the Suck Drainage Board, he will direct a public inquiry into the entire matter, with a view to devising a remedy for these public grievances.


In all cases where decrees for non-payment of the rent charge payable under the award in the River Suck Drainage District have been obtained and the amount not paid, the decrees have been placed in the Sheriff's hands to realise, which he has succeeded in doing in a number of cases. The Board of Works are not aware of any such complaints against the present Drainage Board as are mentioned in the second paragraph, or of the necessity for any inquiry. If the present members of the Drainage Board, who have been elected by the proprietors and occupiers, do not give satisfaction to the majority of their constituents, these have the remedy in their own hands, as they can turn out the present Board and elect their own nominees in January next.