§ MR. SHEEHY (Galway, S.)
(for Mr. HARRIS) (Galway, E.) asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that in the most central position in Ballinasloe there are sheds which are used as slaughter-houses, which emit a most offensive odour, dangerous to the health of the town; that the inhabitants of Ballinasloe and the Town Commissioners signed a requisition asking Lord Clancarty to remove those sheds, on the ground that they were a public nuisance, an impediment to the traffic, and a disfigurement to the town; that his Lordship refused, on the ground that they were a market house, in which his family had a vested interest of such a nature that he had no legal right to disturb it, especially as it had relation to the tolls and customs; and, if so, would the Local Government 581 Board interfere and cause the removal of those sheds, and thus prevent the expense of a law-suit?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
It appears that the Town Commissioners have made representations to the landlord of the nature indicated in the Question, and that he has declined to act on them for the reasons stated. The Town Clerk, however, reports that at present no offensive odours are emitted from the premises referred to, as the owner has taken steps to keep them in a cleanly condition. The Ballinasloe Urban Sanitary Authority have extensive powers under the Public Health Act to deal with the case of nuisances arising within their district, and it is their duty to remedy any such state of things.
§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
asked, would the Assistant Commissioner be making any inquiry at Ballinasloe as to the market tolls there?