§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he is aware that on Sunday night last a man named Connolly walked in the dark into the Royal Canal Harbour at Longford, from which he was rescued with the greatest difficulty; and, whether, in view of the repeated accidents and the loss of many valuable lives in the place, he will instruct the police authorities to institute a prosecution to compel the owners to erect a protective railing?
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND
The facts, I am informed, are as stated in the first paragraph. It is open to any person suffering by reason of the unprotected state of the canal at the place mentioned to take such proceedings for civil redress as he may be advised, but the police have no power to take any steps in the direction suggested in the question.