§ MR. DONAL SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, what is the cause of delay in putting into operation the Fourth Scheme of the Athlone Board of Guardians in connection with the Labourers (Ireland) Act; and, if the Irish Local Government Board can expedite the action of the Athlone Guardians?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I am informed by the Local Government Board that only three schemes under the Labourers Acts have been sanctioned for Athlone Union. The last of these, which authorised the erection of 10 additional cottages, was confirmed by the Privy Council in April last, and the Vice Guardians are at present proceeding with the building of the houses. Three applications, however, have been received by the Vice Guardians asking for additional cottages since the date of the last scheme made. These representations were not made to the Vice Guardians until the 15th, 22nd and 29th ultimo, and the first of these has since been withdrawn by the applicant. There would thus appear to be now only two applications before the Vice Guardians.