HC Deb 28 May 1903 vol 123 c109
MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state the amount of the verdict and costs obtained by a contractor named Diver against the Donegal Board of Guardians in March 1902; and, in view of the fact that the guardians were advised that there was no defence, will he explain why the Local Government Board auditor insisted on the guardians proceeding with litigation; and whether, in view of the document issued by the clerk of the union for signature for the purpose of trying to raise a loan to meet these costs, will he state what steps he proposes to take in the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The contractor obtained a verdict for £43 6s. in respect of extra work unauthorised by the guardians, but certified by the architect. I have no information as regards the costs. I am not aware that the guardians were advised there was no defence. The auditor denies that he insisted on the guardians proceeding with litigation. The Local Government Board have sanctioned a supplemental loan of £400 for the purpose, amongst other things, of paying law costs.