§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH (Fermanagh, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been called to the need of a ferry service upon Lough Corrib between Kilbeg and Oughterard; whether the Galway County Council has expressed its willingness to provide and work such a ferry service, but has been advised by the Local Government Board that they have no power to do so; and will he take steps to obtain the necessary powers for the county council.
§ (Answered by MR. Birrell.) The attention of the Irish Government has been called to the need of a ferry service over Lough Corrib. The Galway County Council have expressed their willingness to provide and work such a ferry with the aid of contributions which have been offered by the Congested Districts Board and the Department of Agriculture. The Council, however, have been advised, not by the Local Government Board, but by their own counsel, that in the present state of the Law they have no power to incur the necessary expense. As to the possibility of legislation in such case, I beg to refer to the reply given by the Attorney General for Ireland to the Question of the hon. Member for West Clare on the 18th inst.†