HC Deb 22 July 1897 vol 51 c715

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) whether his attention has been directed to the condition of the Crookhaven fishery pier; (2) is he aware that Mr. M'Carthy, a local boat-owner, has expended a sum of money on it in order to prevent it from tumbling down; and (3) whether, in view of the fact that Crook haven is an important fishing station, he will recommend that the pier be put into an efficient state of repair, and also that Mr. M'Carthy be recouped the amount of his outlay on it?


I am informed that the pier at Crook haven is private property. The Board of Works have no power to take any steps with reference to the repair of the pier, inasmuch as it is not one of those vested in the Grand Jury under the 16 and 17 Vict. cap. 136. The hon. Member has supplied me with information to the effect stated in the second paragraph, but the Board of Works have no power to recommend that Mr. M'Carthy be recouped any expenditure he may have incurred. Some years ago the Grand Jury presented the sum of £120 for the repair of the pier, and it was subsequently proposed to supplement this amount by a local subscription of £150, and then to apply for a further presentment for £300—making £570 in all, for the improvement of the pier. Whether effect was given to these proposals I am not aware, though I am making inquiry.