HC Deb 14 March 1904 vol 131 cc992-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received a copy of a resolution passed by the Donegal County Council expressing dissatisfaction with the manner in which the allocation of money to the county under the Marine Works Act was made, complaining that the representations sent by the council to the Chief Secretary had many schemes from the county generally, but that large areas of the county did not receive any benefit whatever under the provisions of the Act since the scheme of allocation was practically settled before consultation with them, and urging on the Chief Secretary the reconsideration of the schemes already virtually or actually approved, and offering to submit to the Chief Secretary the works which in their opinion would, with the money in hand, be, if undertaken, most conducive to the public interests; and what reply has been sent to the Donegal County Council; and what steps, if any, will be taken on the lines indicated by this resolution.


The allocation of funds under the Act provides for an expenditure of £15,000 on works in Donegal, These were selected according to their relative importance and after consultation with representatives of the county council. The allocation cannot now be reopened. The decision of the county council to defer further action in respect of certain works is much to be regretted; a continuance of delay in completing the necessary steps may lead to a postponement of the works in question for a year, or even longer.