§ MR. FLAVIN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the ratepayers of the baronies of Irraghticonnor, Trughenackmy, Corkaguiny, Magunihy, Clanmaurice, Iveragh, Glanerough, North Dunkerron, and South Dunkerron, in the County of Kerry, have contributed between the years 1875 and 1897 in railway guarantees the sum of £215,068; and whether, owing to this continued heavy taxation on the ratepayers, some relief will be given to them in the form of a free grant in aid of the guaranteed lines of railway.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
I am informed by the Secretary to the County Council that the sum of £165,451 was levied in respect of railway guarantees on the baronies named, which comprise the entire County of Kerry, between the years 1875 and 1897 (inclusive). The Treasury contributions in the same period amounted to £26,790. As regards the second paragraph, considerable relief will be afforded to the county in respect of 452 railway charges under Section 58, Subsection 4, of the Local Government Act of 1898.