§ Mr. J. P. FARRELL
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received a copy of a resolution passed by the Longford District Council at its last quarterly meeting, requesting the Local Government Board to suspend the issue of a sealed order enforcing the Dairies and Cowsheds Order till after the June local government elections and the coming into office of the new board; and will he direct the Local Government Board to accede to this request?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
A resolution to the effect indicated was passed by the Longford Rural District Council on the 18th March. The council have taken no steps whatever to administer the Dairies and Cowsheds Order which came into force nearly three years ago; and the effect of the postponement sought would be to delay the appointment of a veterinary inspector until a late date in the summer, although it is of importance that his inspections should be commenced as soon as possible, in order that any alterations or improvements in cowsheds which may be found necessary may be carried out while the dairy cattle are out at grass. In the interests of public health I am not prepared to give the direction asked for in the question.