§ MR. B. COLLERY (Sligo, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether the Local Government Board have made an order for closing the old Sligo Abbey as a place of interment; and, if such order is now in force, whether the attention of the Board of Works has been called to the decaying state of the Abbey; and, whether any steps have been taken under the Ancient Monuments Protection Acts (Ireland) to have those interesting ruins restored?
§ MR. HANBURY
The Board understand that the closing order was issued by the Local Government Board early in 1895. The ruins, which are vested in the Board of Works, were repaired by the late Lord Mount-Temple, and in 1894 the inspector reported that no immediate works were necessary. Works that are considered desirable have been postponed owing to the condition of the graveyard, and they will be carried out gradually when the condition of the graveyard permits.