Wednesday, 25 March 1953
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. O'Donnell: asked the Minister for Agriculture if the director of the land reclamation scheme received a joint application for a land rehabilitation grant for the fencing of the cliffs on Gole Island, County Donegal; and, if so, what decision has been taken on the application.
Mr. Bartley: A joint application for the fencing of the cliffs on Gole Island was received in my Department. It is, however, considered that the advantages to be derived by the islanders would not be commensurate with the very high cost of the work.
Mr. O'Donnell: Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that year after year the islanders are losing their stock of cattle because they fall over these cliffs? Their financial resources are now exhausted in an endeavour to fence these cliffs. Would the Parliamentary Secretary come to their assistance by way of a grant to enable them to keep up the good work they have been doing?
Mr. Bartley: This proposal was put  up in August, 1950, and was turned down at that time on the ground of cost. The three miles of fencing would have cost £3,300 and it was thought that there was no proper proportion between the cost and the utility of the work.
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