§ Mr. MacNEILL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that the Local Government Board held an inquiry in May last with reference to providing the town of Ardara with a proper 2096W supply of water, and that the Congested Districts Board, on their purchase of the town, promised £200 towards the carrying out of a scheme for a water supply; what is the cause of the delay in this work, as planned by the engineer of the Local Government Board; when its commencement is contemplated; whether the Board of Works have sanctioned the expenditure of a sum sufficient for the purpose; and whether, having regard to the need in which the town stands for a supply of water, steps will be taken for the immediate carrying out of the water scheme?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
An inquiry was held in May last, as stated in the question, and the Congested Districts Board promised £200 towards the carrying out of the scheme. A loan of £500 was sanctioned by the Local Government Board for these works, but in February last the Glenties Rural District Council passed a resolution to the effect that there was a sufficient supply of water to the village and that there was no necessity for a further supply. The work was not planned by an engineer of the Local Government Board. The council apparently are not proceeding with this scheme, and the Board have received a complaint as to their neglect in doing so which is at present under consideration.