Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Coast Erosion at Rosslare.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he has received a request from the Wexford County Council that an investigation should be made by his Department into the matter of the very serious coast erosion at Rosslare, County Wexford, and if he proposes to take any steps in connection with the matter.

I have received from the Wexford County Council a copy of a resolution asking for the appointment by the Government of a commission to examine and report as to coast erosion at Rosslare. I have no function in the matter apart from the power conferred by the Foreshore Act of 1933, to prohibit or restrict removals of beach material by any person.

An inter-departmental Committee of Inquiry into coast erosion which reported in 1931 were of opinion that the Government should not assume any general responsibility for the defence of the coast.

I have informed the county council that in the circumstances I am unable to take any action in the direction desired.

Mr. Hogan

Will the Minister take steps to see that a copy of that report is furnished to the various county councils concerned?

I presume the report is published.

Mr. Hogan

I think the Minister is misinformed. I do not think that report was published.