§ MR. CHARLES DEVLIN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has recieved a copy of a resolution adopted by the Galway Urban District Council, calling attention to the negotiations during the viceroyalty of Lord Carnarvon for the construction of a breakwater between the mainland and Mutton Island, in Galway Bay, and the promises then made, pointing out also the urgent necessity for improvements, and praying the Government to proceed with these works of public utility; and, if so, what action will the Government take.
The project in question was bound up with a scheme for building a Convict Labour Prison in Galway, the intention being that the breakwater should be mainly constructed by convict labour. The scheme, however, was abandoned twenty years ago, and a convict prison at Maryborough has since been established. It is not the intention of the Government to revive the project.