Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, December 19, 1849
PLAN FOR STIMULATING EMPLOYMENT IN IRELAND
Mr. N. Niven, of Clonturk Lodge, has addressed three letters on this
subject, to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. The following outline of the
plan, in his own words, will convey and idea of how the proposed object is
sought to be effected.-
"1st. That for every acre of land by the spade at an average depth of
twelve inches, or trenched by the same implement to any depth beyond that, there
shall be a drawback or deduction of the current poor rate of the year on, say,
three, four, or five acres of said holding as my be best for the inducement of
"2. That every landholder, large and small, so dispose to avail himself of
such bonus shall lodge a notice as to the acreable extent of his surface so
tilled with the board of guardians of such union as he may belong to, and
according to such regulations as may be decided on.
"3rd. That no portion of said spade tillage less than one acre shall
entitle the holder to any such deduction, and in all cases the whole surface of
each acre shall be so tilled to the average depth above specified.
"4th. That said deduction shall hold good, and continue to the close of
each respective agriculture year; say from January to January, or according to
such better regulating as may be fixed on.
"5th. That for the purpose of inspecting and authenticating such works of
spade husbandry as notice may have been given of to the guardians, or their
officer, of each respective union, a person practically versant with
agricultural operations, the measuring of land, &c., shall be appointed, whose
duty may be to superintend the model farm belonging to same, receive and report
upon the notices alluded to to the same board of each respective union, and who
shall inspect and ascertain as to the extent of surface so tilled, and whose
certificate shall be sufficient to verify such claim.
"6. That for the purpose of facilitating the rate collector's part of the
business, column, or columns shall be added in the rate-books, which may thus be
headed Spade Labour Tillage- Deduction thereby-Amount of rate payable, &c."--
Dublin Commercial Journal.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News