HC Deb 14 December 1906 vol 167 c830

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, whether, having regard to the damage caused to the crops of the neighbouring farmers by the overflow of the Largydonnell River, in the barony of Rosclogher, county of Leitrim, and to the fact that the bed of the river has been gradually filled with stones until it has completely disappeared, he will urge the Congested Districts Board to reconsider their decision regarding the drainage scheme and give a sufficient grant to have the work carried out.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Congested Districts Board have been legally advised that if they should carry out drainage works upon rivers they might render themselves liable to claims for damages on the part of owners and occupiers on the lower reaches of such rivers. In the case of Largydonnell River, as in many other cases, the Board have declined to undertake drainage works, but they informed the applicants last year, and again in October last, that they would contribute to the cost if the local authorities, or any legally constituted local body, would carry out the work.