§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
In the absence of my hon. Friend (Mr. DEASY), I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if the Government engineers have approved of the making of certain projected roads, and the completion and construction of piers in Achill Island; and why the works have not been commenced? I beg also to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether his attention has been called to the distress alleged to exist in Achill; that many of the inhabitants are on the brink of starvation; whether he is aware that only a small proportion of the Islanders have had relief work given them, these being obliged, in numerous instances, to travel very long-distances to and from work; that the supply of seed potatoes has run short; that many of them have been found to be rotten, and that in many cases the good ones have been consumed for food; and whether any steps will be taken to remedy the alleged faults in relief of distress in Achill?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
With regard to these two questions, I beg to refer the hon. Member to my reply of yesterday to a similar question put by the hon. Gentleman the Member for Darlington.