§ MR. WALTER LONG (Dublin, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what is the present position of affairs respecting the proposed extensions to the Cavan and 833 Leitrim Railway, for which provision was made by the late Government in the Development Grant Estimate; and whether it is intended to renew this provision in the Estimate for 1907–8.
§ (Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The question whether the provision for the Cavan and Leitrim Railway extension can be renewed in the Ireland Development Grant Estimate for 1907–8 will depend on the result of the railway company's efforts to overcome local opposition. As the right hon. Gentleman is aware, legislation is necessary, and the Bill which was introduced at the instance of the railway company in the earlier part of the present session was not proceeded with owing to the opposition of the county council. I understand that the railway company are at present considering certain proposals which may have the effect of removing local opposition, but I am not in a position to forecast what the result may be. The proposed expenditure from the Development Grant for next year has not yet been settled.