HC Deb 20 February 1907 vol 169 c847

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state in whom is control of Lough Ennel now vested; and whether in view of the tract of land at the head of the lough being now flooded every winter, he will move the proper authority to reconstruct the dam at Ballinagore in such a way as to keep the water in the lough at the same level in winter as in summer.


I am informed that the persons responsible for maintaining the proper level of water in Lough Ennel are the trustees of the Kilbeggan Drainage District, for which the final award was published in 1857. The level is regulated by means of a weir, with a self-acting sluice; the sluice determines the level automatically, and the trustees have no power to alter it; their duty is to maintain it. The dam at Ballinagore is on the river Brosna, four miles below the sluice above referred to, and has therefore no effect on the level of the lake; nor have the trustees any power to alter it. The Board of Works tell me that they have not recieved any complaint of the flooding referred to.