§ Mr. O'DOHERTY
asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to the allocation of the unemployment grant to the respective distress committees of Dublin, Londonderry, and Newry; whether he is aware that Newry has received a greater grant than Londonderry; and, if so, what is the explanation or basis of such allocation, seeing that the population of Londonderry is more than three times that of Newry, and unemployment and distress as prevalent?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
Out of the total of £5,000 distributed, Dublin received £3,182, Newry £250, and Derry £200. No application was received from the Londonderry Distress Committee until the 22nd March, at which date the allocation of the available194W balance of Ireland's share in the Parliamentary Vote of £5,000 was practically completed. Several fires in Newry in the middle of the winter accentuated the distress existing in the town.