§ Mr. JAMES O'KELLY
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the Congested Districts Board have offered a free Grant of £1,000 to the Lough Gara Drainage Board to improve the outlet from Lough Gara; that the Board are 178W anxious to get the work carried out, but under the Act 5 and 6 Vic, under which, they are constituted, they have only a maintenance power; and whether he will take steps for the passing of a short Act or Amendment by which drainage boards may get the necessary power to improve, where required, rivers, etc., in their respective districts?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I am aware that the Congested Districts Board offered to contribute £1,000 towards the works referred, to. To enable the drainage board to carry out this work would require legislation, for which I see no prospect this Session.