HC Deb 12 May 1896 vol 40 cc1134-5
*MR.W. E. SHARPE (Kensington,N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether, in view of the fact that the Kinnity River Drainage Works in 1858, and the Brosna River Drainage Works in 1870, in the King's County, were carried out by the Irish Board of Works without making due provision for the increased volume of water, so that the waterway of the river below the junction of those two branches, from the Lusmagh Bridge to the Shannon, a length of four miles, is neither wide enough nor deep enough, though the fall is ample, and quite a dam has been formed at Ballanagh by the silt there accumulated, the Board of Works will consider the propriety of widening and deepening the Brosna River from Lusmagh Bridge to the Shannon, and of sending up dredgers from the Shannon to remove the silt at Ballanagh, and to keep it cleared away, and so put an end to the serious damage caused yearly in the flood season to the meadows and grass lands along the banks on both sides?


The Castlebernard Drainage District Works were carried out by the Board of Works under 5 and 6 Vic. cap. 89, and the Parsonstown Drainage District Works by a Drainage Board under 26 and 27 Vic. cap. 88. The portion of the Little Brosna River lying between these districts and the River Shannon is not included in any drainage district under either of those Acts, and the Board of Works has no power to act. A new drainage district would have to be constituted by Act in order to deal with the portion of the Little Brosna River referred to.