§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether he can now state the result of the promised investigation of their statutes by the Midland Great Western Railway Company on the subject of the fencing of the Royal Canal Harbour at Longford; and whether the people of Longford may hope for anything being done in the matter?
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND
I am informed that the Midland Great Western Railway Company have been advised that they are under no legal obligation to fence the canal, nor can they legally so fence the canal as to prevent reasonable access to it, or to do any act which would obstruct its navigation. This ad vice cannot, of course, interfere with such legal rights as the Town Commissioners have, to put up, for the protection of the public, a fence on the township property—provided the same be not an obstruction to the navigation.