CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - DEEPENING THE RIVER MAIGUE.

SEAMUS O LEADAIN

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he can state what steps are being taken to clear the bed of the River Maigue to enable vessels to navigate the river as far as Adare, and if he is aware that at the present time vessels are unable to proceed to Adare owing to the channel being silted up.

The Maigue navigation from Adare to the River Shannon is in the charge of the Commissioners of Public Works. No representations have been made to those Commissioners recently as to the need for dredging; and no dredging has in fact ever been carried out by them in the river (which is tidal), except at Ferry Bridge, about 3½ miles from Adare.

I understand that there has been practically no traffic on this navigation for many years past.