§ MR. THOMAS O'DONNELL (Kerry, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Dingle Harbour Board have applied for a grant for the extension of the pier and the dredging of the habour; that they spent all their available funds in dredging last year and left the work very incomplete; and that the fishing industry, which is one of the most important in the West of Ireland, is very seriously injured owing to insufficient dredging; and whether, seeing that if something is not done soon a number of fishermen will be thrown out of employment, he will ask to have the Department's dredger sent down for a few months.
§ MR. BIRRELL
I beg to refer to my Answer to the hon. Member's previous Question of 18th April,† I am informed that the engagements for the present season already made for the dredger belonging to the Department of Agriculture render it almost certain that the vessel will not be free to do any work at Dingle this year.