WRITTEN ANSWERS. - FORESHORE AND WHARVES AT COBH.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether he can state if the bed and foreshore of the Cambers adjoining East and West Beach and The Mall at Cobh, the foreshore from Whitepoint to Cuskinny Bay at Cobh, the piers, quays, wharfs, dolphins, and slipways along the foreshore between the places above mentioned, are now the property of the Saorstát under Article 11 of the Constitution, and whether the State or the Port Authority is now responsible for the dredging, care and maintenance of these Cambers, wharfs, dolphins, piers, quays, slipways, etc.

I regret that it is not possible to reply in detail to a question of this nature. The investigation of title is a matter which involves considerable research and difficulty. Generally speaking, however, the Deputy may assume that all foreshore not alienated from the Crown before the date of the coming into operation of the Constitution is now the property of the State.

If the Deputy will communicate with me as to a convenient time, I will arrange for an officer of my Department to explain the position in such detail as is possible.