MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) whether he is aware that the cost of maintaining in proper order the mail road between Kilkenny and Castlecomer, amounting to nearly £500, which was heretofore borne by the county at large, has been lately entirely charged on the barony area; (2) by what authority, and for what reason, was this done; and (3) is it a legal charge?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I am informed that the road between Kilkenny and Castlecomer ceased to be a mail road some years ago, and that consequently the provisions of Section 52 of the Grand Jury Act, 1836, under which the cost of maintaining the road as a mail road was borne in equal proportions by the County and barony, are no longer applicable. The answer to the third paragraph is in the affirmative.