§ MR. O'MALLEY (Galway, Connemara)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that under the Marine Works (Ireland) Act a sum of money was allotted for the improvement of the Clifden harbour, county Galway, and that such improvement has not yet been carried out, although the last two Chief Secretaries repeatedly promised that no delay should occur in prosecuting the work; and whether he will state when the proposed work will commence.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) In March, 1903, the late Government announced to the Galway County Council its intention to allocate from funds provided under the Marine Works Act a sum of £4,000 on works at Kinvarra, Salt Hill, or Clifden, as might be arranged; but I am informed that no promise was made as to works at Clifden in particular. Of the amount mentioned, a sum of £1,100 was eventually allocated to Kinvarra. A difficulty arose in regard to Clifden by reason of the fact that the estimated necessary expenditure at that place amounts to some £9,000, that is to say, at, least three times the amount available. I have now received a resolution of the Clifden Board of Guardians urging the necessity of the works, and I will take a convenient opportunity of looking into the matter. I may remind the hon. Member that, in adition to Kinvarra, a sum of over £8,500 has been allocated for works under the Marine Acts at Cleggan, Roundstone, and Kilronan, in county Galway.