§ MR. P. O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
On behalf of the hon. Member for the St. Patrick Division of Dublin I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a renewed application was made on Saturday, 12th March, to the Mountmellick Board of Guardians, for the erection of six labourers' cottages in Mountrath; that the cabins which were intended to be vacated have been condemned by the sanitary authorities; and that those in opposition to the labourers' claims employed a solicitor to enable them to defeat the renewed application; and whether he will ask the Local Government Board to inquire into and report upon the case?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The hon. Member wrote to me some days ago in reference to the matters alluded to in this Question, and I replied to his letter on the 25th instant. To that reply I have nothing to add, and I would suggest that it is not a convenient course to put in the form of a Parliamentary Question inquiries respecting matters which have already been dealt with in private correspondence.