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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Irish Catholic Chronicle And People s News of the Week Dublin, Ireland Saturday, 9 November 1867 THE WAY THE POOR RATE IS EXPENDED. The Dundalk Democrat in an
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      Irish Catholic Chronicle And People's News of the Week
      Dublin, Ireland
      Saturday, 9 November 1867

      THE WAY THE POOR RATE IS EXPENDED.
      The Dundalk Democrat in an article with this heading says:- The poor-rate
      for the current year, struck on this union, a few weeks since, will amount to
      the enormous sum of £5,800. As the average number of poor in the workhouse
      during he year is about 260, one might think this large sum would make them
      pretty comfortable, as it would afford each the sum of £22.6s per year, and the
      expenditure for the maintenance of 260 paupers, at that rate, would be £1,690,
      which, if deducted from £5,800, leaves a balance of £4,110. It is no wonder that
      many persons cry out against the lavish expenditure entailed on the country in
      this manner. The cost is enormous, considering the small number of persons
      relieved. There are on an average about 160 persons on the out-door relief list,
      and they cost only about £500 a year; and we are certain that the greater
      portion of he inmates of the workhouse could be supported in the same manner and
      that they would be better satisfied. The workhouse is an unhealthy place for old
      and young; and, unfortunately, lazy and not inclined to work. They lead an idle
      life inside, and when they go out to work they soon get tired and wish to return
      to the place again. Two years' poor rates would build a factory which would give
      more than double their number employment. They would then become useful members
      of society and earn their own bread instead of being quartered on the hard
      working ratepayers of the union. Indeed, almost the best thing that could be
      done with the Irish workhouse at present would be to convert them into factories
      leaving a wing of each for the infirm and the infant children.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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