Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Drainage of the Boyne and Blackwater.

asked the Minister for Finance if he is aware that many important minor drainage schemes in Meath cannot be completed until the drainage of the Boyne and Blackwater is undertaken; and, if so, whether he will state what stage the schemes for the drainage of those rivers have reached and when it is likely that work will commence.

I am not yet in a position to say when a survey of the Rivers Boyne and Blackwater for the purpose of designing a scheme under the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945, can be made, and accordingly it is not possible at present to forecast when actual works on such a scheme can commence.