Seventy-seventh report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland, with appendices for 1908-09

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Dublin Metropolitan Police Station, Clontarf. 
The new Barracks which are approaching completion, have been erected for the accommodation of 34 Constables and six Sergeants, and will take the place of the Barracks rented at Ballybough and Clontarf. 
The buildings are situated on the Clontarf road at the corner of Strandville Avenue, and cover an area of over 9,500 square feet, including kitchen, yards, etc. 
The parade ground is about 1-J roods in extent, and there is, in addition, ample space for garden cultivation. 
The main building is two storeys in height and contains on the ground floor a mess room and recreation room, each 800 feet in area—-kitchen, canteen, and sergeants' mess. 
The upper storey is devoted to the dormitories. 
At the rear are situated the Police Station and reserve room. 
The cells, bath, and ablution rooms, drying rooms, sanitary accommodation, and other appurtenances of a barrack are also situated in the rear of the main building, and are one storey in height, covered with a flat concrete roof. 
A spacious" ball court has been provided. 

National School Grants. 
The following table shows the amounts voted for and expended on grants in each of the last twenty years:— 


1889-90 1890 1891 1892. 
1893 1894 1895-G 189(3-7 1897-8 1898-9 Carried forward, 


£ £ 40,000 31,189 40,000 27,331 30,000 30,034 30,000 24,283 30,000 28,198 28,000 28,179 30,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 36,500 33,500 27,132 341,500 312,820 


Brought forward 1899-1900 1900-1 1901-2 1902-3 1903-4 1904-5 1905-0 1906-7 1907-8 1908-9 Totals 


£ £ 341,500 312,826 40,000 32,109 40,000 38,554 35,000 26,906 35,000 33,280 35,000 13,142 12,500 18,785 20,000 28,007 20,000 13,457 40,000 4,544 40,000 26,829 £059,000 £548,439 As was anticipated in our last Annual Report, the expenditure under this head in 1908-9 shews a substantial advance over that of 1907-8; but it does not fully indicate the extent to which Managers are taking advantage of the new standard plans and scale of grants. 
The preliminary work of acquiring the site, settling the size and character of building required, and finding a suitable contractor, occupies a considerable time; and it is not until the building has been begun and has made substantial progress that an instalment of the grant is issued. 
A great deal of this preliminary work has now been done, and while the expenditure in 1908-9 only reached £26,829, it has been thought necessary to make a provision of £65,000 for 1909-10. 
The number of grants made during the year for new schools was 155, and the amount authorized £86,347 7s. 
last year the number was 12 and the amount £7,723 7s. 
The grants for improvements to existing schools num¬ bered 264, and the amount authorized was £18,604 18s. 
4d, as against 192 last year amounting to £9,160 10s. 
the total number of grants was thus 419, and the total amount sanctioned £104,952 6s. 
the corresponding figures for last year being 204 and £16,883 18s. 
Standard of Building Work.—We 
have in some cases experienced considerable difficulty in securing,' in the erection of schools, the standard of work on which the revised scale of grants is based. 
The grants on the old scale had admittedly become inadequate even for the lower standard then accepted; those on the new scale are ample for the higher standard now contemplated, and only work of that standard can be accepted under them, otherwise they would be excessive. 
In some cases work has had to be totally rejected and pulled down because it was either radically unsound or likely to involve undue cost of maintenance. 
Where the quality of the work, without being so low as to necessitate its rejection and replacement, is yet inferior to what is required, we shall meet the case by proportionate deductions from the grants.