§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on the 3rd of June 1902, after a sworn inquiry had been held at Rathdrum Union, a Provisional Order was issued by the Irish Local Government Board requiring the Rev. Mr. Hallowes, of Arklow, to build and complete a labourer's cottage within twelve months; and, if so, in view of the fact 308 that the Order has not been complied with, will he say what action the Local Government Board proposes to take in the matter.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The Rev. Mr. Hallowes undertook to erect a cottage at his own expense on the site proposed to be taken by the District Council. The Provisional Order, which became absolute on the 19th August 1902, authorised the Council to take the plot compulsorily and to erect a cottage on it if, within twelve months from that date, the owner failed to give effect to his undertaking. The period of twelve months will expire on the 19th proximo, when it will be open to the District Council to exercise the powers conferred upon it by the Provisional Order should the owner have failed to fulfil his undertaking.