The report on Fisheries was submitted by the DIRECTOR OF FISHERIES, and its adoption moved by A. MACCABE (Sligo South), and seconded by S. MACSUIBHNE (Donegal West).
S. O HAODHA (Cork West) asked for information as to the amount of money given to the West Carbery Co-operative Fishing Society and as to the steps which had been taken to see that the money would be profitably expended. He understood that there was a big loss in the trading.
S. O MATHGHAMHNA (Fermanagh South) asked for information as to the number of Societies established and the profit or loss, if any. Money was advanced by the bank in one certain district, and he understood that the result showed a net loss of over £12,000.
LIAM DE ROISTE (Cork City) and S. MACDONNACHADHA (Tipperary North) also referred to the management of the West Carbery Co-operative Fishery Society.
The DIRECTOR OF FISHERIES read the report of the Auditors on the accounts of the West Carbery Society, from which it appeared that the loss on trading was £2,874 6s. 5d. The Society had been badly managed. The Arklow men had sustained such losses that there were 15 boats idle as a result, and the men had gone into the mercantile marine. Mr. G. O'Brien, the Bank Inspector, was going down to Baltimore to report.
The ACTING-SPEAKER suggested that Messrs. Hayes, O'Mahony, MacDonagn and Collins be appointed a Sub-Committee to enquire into the matter and report to the Ministry.
SEAN O HAODHA (Cork West) said that this suggestion would not meet the case. Local people had not been consulted when the money was given. He believed that there was dissatisfaction with the Organiser. The man who was originally sent down knew nothing about fishing.
R. O MAOLCHATHA (Clontarf) moved, and S MAC CRAITH (St. James', Dublin) seconded, that the suggestion of the Acting-Speaker be adopted. This was agreed to, and a Committee, consisting of Sean O hAodha, Seamus O Dolain and Seamus Breathnach, was appointed for the purpose.