asked the Minister for Local Government if he has yet received a reply from Dublin Corporation and Dublin County Council regarding the proposal by Meath County Council to carry out drainage work on the River Tolka; and, if so, what decision he has made on the Meath County Council's proposal.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Drainage Schemes.
Replies from Dublin Corporation and Dublin County Council regarding this proposal are still awaited.
Would the Minister not agree that, in view of the fact he gave a guarantee to the county council deputation which waited on him over a month ago that he would be able to give them a decision within about a fortnight, it is most unfair that this matter should be allowed to drag on for so long? Can he not get a reply from the two local authorities concerned?
I did not give any such guarantee——
Yes, the Minister did.
——but I think that replies could have been received by now.
They have not been——
That is correct.
——and the Minister has not done anything about it.
I have sent a reminder.
Is the Minister aware that the Meath County Council have decided that if they do not receive a reply before the 1st of June they propose to proceed with the scheme with or without the Minister's approval?
I do not think they do.
Let the Minister just wait and see. It is not Dublin Corporation he is dealing with this time. He cannot knock them out with a wave of his hand.
asked the Minister for Local Government when his Department will proceed to have drainage schemes carried out on the rivers throughout County Sligo and County Leitrim; and when money will be made available for such development, as those schemes are now too expensive to have included under the local improvement scheme grants.
I do not propose to undertake a drainage programme on the lines envisaged by the Deputy.