Stanuell, Charles A. 'The arterial drainage of Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XI Part LXXXII, 1901/1902, pp119-126
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XI Part LXXXII 1901/1902
When I mention that a sum of £961,235 14s. 7d. has been
expended upon Arterial Drainage in Ireland, and that the
annual instalments paid in redemption of principal and interest
amount to £31,944 9s. 8d., I think the Statistical Society will
be astonished to learn that, although the subject is intimately
connected with the Land Laws of the last twenty years, no effort
has been made to adapt the system of 1863, faulty though it is,
to the changed circumstances of the country, except a very small
Act passed in 1892, the 55 and 56 Vic, chap. 65. to which I
will refer later.
The astonishment will be the greater when I add that not only
has there been grievous waste of money due to the faulty procedure,
but that the work is practically at a stand still, and that
this large sum is in risk of being wasted by the rivers being
allowed to return to their original condition.
My object tonight is to call attention to the defects and to
make some suggestions for improvements; but it is evident from
the apathy with which the subject has been regarded that very
little is known about it, and it will, I think, be proper to commence
by giving some explanation of the system as it at present
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