§ Mr. GILHOOLY
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that a grant was made for the erection of a pier at Ballydonegan, Castletown Bere, about seven years ago; that a portion of the grant was expended on the proposed work, but that nothing has been done towards its completion for the past five years; and whether he will give his attention to this matter with a view to having this pier constructed?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Congested Districts Board approved of the construction of a landing place at Ballydonegan, subject to the local mining company making a contribution; but owing to the mining company changing hands, the promised contribution was not forthcoming. The Board, however, began the work at their own cost in October, 1901, but found it necessary in the following year to suspend their operations owing to the difficulty in procuring the necessary labour. Representations have been received from local people urging the Board to carry out the work, and last year the Board's engineer was directed to visit the place again to prepare revised plans and estimates. The Board have recently had the case under their consideration, and it has been arranged for some members of the Board to visit the place with their engineer.