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Fire At Tuam

Volume 32: debated on Monday 8 April 1895

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On behalf of the hon. Member for North Galway, Colonel NOLAN, I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, is he aware that on the 2nd of April various telegrams were received in Galway from the Tuam Town Commissioners and others, asking that the Galway fire engines should be forwarded speedily to extinguish a serious fire at Tuan; and that application was made to the Midland Great Western Railway for a special train to carry the Galway engines to Tuam but was refused; and, if the Railway Commissioners will inquire into the reasons for such a refusal?

I have communicated with the Company, and learn that it is not the case that the Company's officials, either at Galway or Dublin, refused to send forward fire engines to Tuam. I am informed that the Station Master at Galway agreed, if required, to run an engine to Athenry, and further, that the Chairman of the Company provided an engine and carriages to take a portion of the Dublin Fire Brigade and engine to Tuam if required to do so.