HC Deb 01 May 1900 vol 82 cc429-30
MR. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, seeing that the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company, by an Act of 8 and 9 Vic. c. 81, s. 26, were prohibited from encroaching on the slob or strand to the seaward of their line further than may be necessary and proper for a double line of railway, and for the outside slope of the embankment of such railway, will he explain why they have recently enclosed by a wooden fence at Skeigoniel over 30 feet to the seaward of their embankment of the slob or strand, being land acquired by the Belfast Corporation under their Act of 50 and 51 Vic. c. 127, s. 8, which has been done by the railway company without the consent of the Belfast Corporation and under colour of a local map, and will he advise an investigation by a competent person into the facts, so that the citizens of Belfast may be protected in the enjoyment of their property as against this railway company.


I have no means of ascertaining whether the facts are as stated in the question; but, assuming that they are, the matter is one entirely between the railway company and the corporation, in which the Executive Government have no right to interfere.