HC Deb 13 April 1910 vol 16 c1372W

asked the Chief Secretary whether he has received a resolution from the Skibbereen and Schull Railway Company in Cork requesting assistance for the relief of the ratepayers from the burden of taxation caused by this line; and whether, as the line passes through a poor country, he will have inquiries made as to the reasonableness of this claim?


Applications to the effect stated were received from the Railway Company in 1906, but not since. The Treasury already contribute £l,140 a year to this line under the Tramways and Public Companies (Ireland) Act, 1883, and I understand that a further contribution of £738 was made to it on the report of the Commissioner of Valuation this year under the provisions of Sub-section 4, Section 58 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act (1898). I regret that I am not in a position to hold out hope of further relief to the ratepayers.