HC Deb 15 July 1901 vol 97 cc442-3
MR. DUFFY (Galway, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a water-works scheme is being promoted for the town of Scariff, county Clare; and that the district council made the cost of construction a dispensary district charge on the Scariff electoral division; and, seeing that under this arrangement the ratepayers of Islandmor, in Lough Derg, nearly twenty miles distant from Scariff, and the ratepayers of Dromane, surrounded by a congested district in the South Galway parliamentary division, and lying in the most distant part of the Scariff rural district, are made liable for the repayments of the loan, while the electoral divisions of Feakle and Annacarraga, lying within one mile of Scariff, are exempted from all liability, whether he will take steps to have the chargeability of this loan more equally distributed.


The cost of this scheme if levied off the town of Scariff would entail a tax of 5s. 8d. in the pound, whereas if it be made a dispensary district charge the tax will amount to less than 3d. If put on the rural district the rate would be less than a 1d. With these facts before them, the council has resolved to charge the expenses to the dispensary district, and the Local Government Board proposes to act in accordance with its wishes in the matter.