§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Dublin, St. Patrick, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Congested Districts Board, the Treasury, and the Cork and Bandon Railway Company guaranteed £3,500 each for the completion of the Baltimore Railway and Pier to deep water; whether 321 the Cork and Bandon Railway Company have not fulfilled their agreement; whether the Congested Districts Board will take up the completion of this work; whether he is aware that in consequence of this want of connection the large amount previously expended cannot be utilised for the transit of fish; and whether he will recommend a grant for the purpose.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
The Congested Districts Board in 1894 offered to contribute the amount mentioned towards the cost of constructing a pier at Baltimore. No such contribution has been offered by the railway company. In reference to the last three paragraphs, I must refer the hon. Member to my reply to the question of the hon. Member for the Western Division of Cork, on the 22nd of February 1897, to which I have nothing to add.