HC Deb 14 December 1908 vol 198 cc1236-7
MR. HUGH LAW (Donegal, W.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the recent disaster of fishing boats in Sheephaven, County Donegal, following on a somewhat similar occurrence about twelve months ago; and whether, in view of the importance of the herring fishery to the County Donegal, steps will be taken to create a more secure harbour for fishing boats on this part of the coast.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) My attention has been called to the loss of the boats and gear in Sheephaven during the past two years, and the matter has been fully considered by the Congested Districts Board. I am informed that a work providing reasonable shelter for the fishing fleet in such an exposed bay would cost something like £40,000. The Congested Districts Board have no funds for a work of such magnitude, and I cannot hold out any hope that the money can be provided from other sources.