§ MR. O'KELLY (Roscommon, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what number of labourers' cottages have been erected in the Strokestown union, county Roscommon; whether he is aware that there are a number of labourers compelled to live in the towns and pay very high rents on account of the want of provision being made for them in the country close to their work; and whether, if the guardians apply for money to build suitable dwellings, the Government will grant the necessary money?
§ MR. ATKINSON
Six cottages have been erected in this union, and 10 others are in course of construction. The Local Government Board have received no representations to the effect alleged in the second paragraph. If the guardians should make an improvement scheme for the erection of additional cottages, the Board will, in the ordinary course, cause an inquiry to be held prior to the issue of a Provisional Order and the granting of a loan for the purpose.