§ MR. DUFFY (Galway, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, whether the attention of the Local Government Board has been directed to a set of resolutions passed by the townspeople of Athenry on the 24th ultimo; is he aware that a mistake in the measurement of the labourers' cottages has been discovered; that the Antiquarian Society claim 22 feet of the gardens all about and around the old King's Castle of Athenry, and that a drain, 16 feet wide and 90 feet long, also runs through the land on which one of the cottages has been built; and what steps do the Local Government Board propose to take in order to protect the rights of these labouring men.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I understand from the Local Government Board that representations to the effect stated in the Question were made some time ago to the district council, but it was found on investigation that these representations were not correct. The Town Tenants' Association at Athenry has recently forwarded to the Board and to the district council a resolution on the subject. The council, having regard to the previous investigation, declined to take any further action in the matter, and the same view was taken by the local Government Board.