HC Deb 16 May 1901 vol 94 c269

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the deliberate destruction of about £1,000 worth of herrings at the entrance of Kinsale Harbour on Thursday the 9th instant, owing to the fact that there was no market for the fish, numbering, approximately, 4,000,000 herrings; and whether it would be possible to procure some means of transit in such cases whereby a market could be obtained elsewhere for this valuable food supply when the local market has been glutted.


It is a fact that a quantity of herrings was thrown overboard by Scotch herring boats now fishing at Kinsale. The merchants who purchase herrings provide steamers for their transport to market. It is, I am informed, impossible to provide against a glut of herrings of inferior quality, which occurs perhaps only once in a season.