HC Deb 03 July 1906 vol 159 cc1633-4
MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for North Dublin, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that recently the public have been excluded from the right of walking through the grounds of the model farm, Glasnevin, county Dublin, through which they have been accustomed to go since the opening of the farm many years ago without let or hindrance and without complaint on the part of the authorities in charge;"whether the exclusion of the public has followed closely upon the erection on the farm of some private residences for some officials; and whether, if no injury has in I the past ensued as a consequence of the admission of the public to the grounds, the recent order will be revoked.


The Department of Agriculture have recently had the public excluded from the grounds of the Albert Agricultural College and Model Farm on Sundays. On week days these grounds have been open as heretofore, but it is intended soon to issue regulations with regard to the admission of the public during the week. The Department's action has no connection whatever with the extensions which have recently been carried out in the buildings, which include a residence for one of the officials. The decision to regulate the admission of the public has been arrived at in view of the fact that it is incompatible with the proper arrangement of the studies and discipline of such an institution if these premises and grounds were to be accessible to the public without any restriction.