§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH (Fermanagh, N.)
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether any plans have been submitted to his Department for the erection of a pier at Ballycastle, County Mayo; and, if so, have any plans been approved; and is the Department yet in a position to set the work on foot in this very backward district where employment is at present badly wanted, and the necessity for a sufficient pier to enable the coasting steamers to call has been recognised by every person who knows the north coast of County Mayo.
§ THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR IRELAND (Mr. T. W. RUSSELL,) Tyrone, S.
The question of the erection of a pier at Ballycastle, County Mayo, was under the consideration of the Department in the year 1906. The cost of constructing a suitable work at this place (estimated by the county surveyor at £15,450) is greatly in excess of that to which the Department could offer a relatively adequate contribution. In any case a steamer could only approach the pier, if built, in perfectly fine weather.