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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 2 Dec 1958

Vol. 171 No. 10

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Water Supply for Kildare Farmer's Cattle.

asked the Minister for Lands if he will state the inclusive cost to date of the unsuccessful effort by the Land Commission to provide a supply of water for cattle for Mr. Maurice Boland, Bishoplane, Ballymore-Eustace, County Kildare.

Well-boring operations on this holding are costed at £387 and have given a limited supply of water for stock.

Is the Minister aware that this expenditure of £387 for the purpose of providing a water supply —if sludge could be called water— could have been avoided if there had been any intelligent planning of the distribution of the estate? Can the Minister now say how much more money must be spent in an endeavour to supply water on this estate in order to fulfil the Land Commission's promise to this migrant farmer that he would be given water on the farm he was offered at Ballymore-Eustace in exchange for his holding?

I am not able to say how much more money will be involved. It depends on what arrangements will be made.

Can the Minister say what definite arrangements it is now proposed to make to fulfil this three-and-a-half-year-old promise?

Negotiations are in progress between the Land Commission and other authorities who might be able to supply water.

Does the Minister realise that three-and-a-half years have passed since the promise was made to the man and he is still suffering these hardships?