§ MR. JAMES O'KELLY (Roscommon, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Strokestown Rural District Council recently passed a resolution calling the attention of the Board of Works to the state of the rivers in the Strokestown Drainage District, and complaining that this neglect was the cause of floods and injury to the local farmers in recent years; and, if so, will he say whether it is the intention of the Board of Works to take the necessary steps in the matter.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM, Dover)
The resolution was received. The trustees of the drainage district are responsible for the maintenance of the drainage works in good order. The Board of Works informed the district council that complaints of neglect should be made in the first instance to the trustees through their secretary. If complaints so made are without effect a complaint would then properly lie to the Board of Works.