HC Deb 29 March 1909 vol 3 c164W

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether he is aware that the lives of several people have been lost off the coast of Tawin, Oranmore, Galway, owing to the absence of a pier or landing-slip; whether a large turf trade is carried on between the inhabitants of Tawin Island and the neighbourhood and the congested districts of Connemara; and whether he will confer with the people of this district with a view of assisting them to provide a pier or landing stage where boats may call for the transaction of trade generally?


A pier at Tawin is no doubt desirable, but owing to the exposed nature of the coast line the construction of a suitable work would be very costly, and unless the county are prepared to provide a large proportion of the necessary expenditure the Department, having regard to the state of their funds, could not undertake to co-operate.