HC Deb 24 July 1899 vol 75 c70
MR M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the attention of the Irish Lights Commissioners has been called to the unhealthy and dangerous position of the lighthouse-keeper at the Chaine Monument, Larne Harbour; whether he is aware that the person in charge thereof for the time being cannot get any rest or sleep there; if he will state the height at which the keeper has to work this light and the length and breadth of space he has for his accommodation; and whether inspection and inquiry will be made in the interest of the health of the men in charge.


I am informed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, (a) that they are satisfied that the accommodation for the light keeper at the Chaine Memorial Tower, Larne Harbour, is not in any way unhealthy or dangerous; (b) that the keeper is not permitted to sleep whilst on watch, but can sit down if he wishes to do so; (c) that the height of the tower is about ninety feet, while the light-room is twelve feet high, and has a diameter of six feet four inches. It does not appear to me that any further inquiry is necessary.