Committee on Finance. - District of Fergus Drainage Bill, 1943—Committee and Final Stages.

Section 1 put and agreed to.
Question proposed: "That Section 2 stand part of the Bill."

Mr. Brennan

Is the £16 per statute acre mentioned in sub-section (1) a fixed price? Was it fixed by agreement or how has it been arrived at?

There are just about two acres which may have to be secured by compulsory powers. The £16 per acre is an agreed sum.

Mr. Brennan

I understand that a total of 272 acres is being acquired. It states here:

"at the price of £16 per statute acre."

How has that £16 been arrived at?

The £16 is an agreed price, except in relation to two or three acres for which we have to take compulsory powers.

Question put and agreed to.
Section 3 put and agreed to.
Question proposed: "That Section 4 stand part of the Bill."

Mr. Brennan

Sub-section (4) reads:—

"The Galway Council shall raise and defray by means of the poor rate as a county-at-large charge so much (if any) of the costs mentioned under the head ‘Sixthly' in clause (C) of paragraph 1 of the Scheduled Consent as is not discharged out of the money provided by the councils under this section."

Apparently the sum of £6,000 is to be raised in a particular way in particular relation to each county. This £6,000 is to be devoted to the purposes set out in this section, namely, to pay for the land that is being acquired and also to pay the costs of the action. I want to know is there any disparity between the manner in which the expenses are to be paid by one county council and by the other county council. This sub-section (4) sets out:—

"The Galway Council shall raise and defray by means of the poor rate...",

if there is a deficiency, but there is no sub-section of the same nature referring to Clare. It has been pointed out to me that it is possible that there may be some deficiency with regard to the £6,000, that it may not cover the full amount; that if it does not cover the full amount Galway will have to foot the bill; and that Clare is not brought in in the same way to make this a matter of a charge on the poor rate. I should like the Parliamentary Secretary to clarify the position.

The amount to be paid by the Galway County Council is infinitesimal compared with what the Clare County Council have to pay. In regard to this particular item which the Deputy has raised, the matter has been agreed as between the Galway County Council and the other parties. There really is not any disparity or difficulty about it. The Galway sum is so small that the Galway County Council agreed to pay cash. It is really a very small sum.

Mr. Brennan

Then the Clare County Council are paying by way of loan and the Galway County Council are paying by raising it off the rates?

That is so.

Question put and agreed to.
Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 put and agreed to.
Question proposed: "That Section 11 stand part of the Bill."

Mr. Brennan

I wonder if that section is really fair to these people. I do not want to interfere. This has been a matter of consent and I suppose that ought to be good enough for the Dáil.

Question put and agreed to.
Sections 12, 13 and Title agreed to.
Bill reported without amendment.
Agreed to take the remaining stages now.
Bill received for final consideration and passed.