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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, November 21, 1849 MEETING OF GUARDIANS BALLINA UNION.- The usual weekly meeting of the guardians of this
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, November 21, 1849

      MEETING OF GUARDIANS
      BALLINA UNION.- The usual weekly meeting of the guardians of this union was
      held in the board-room on Saturday. Colonel Gore in the chair; the other
      guardians present were Mr. Howley, Mr. Paget, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Gardiner,
      Captain John Knox, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Bredin, Mr. Joynt, &c. Captain
      Hamilton, Inspector, was also present.
      ...Mr. Paget brought before the notice of the board the conduct of one of
      their officers, who was represented to him by a guardian as saying out of doors
      that the guardians were a set of squabblers.
      Mr. Cawley, the guardian referred to, then told the board that he heard Mr.
      Robinson, one of the relieving officers, say they were boxing and fighting and
      would soon be sent about their business, or words to that effect.
      Mr. Robinson denied having said so, and Mr. Cawley pledged his honour he
      heard him. Then a committee was appointed to investigate into Mr. Robinson's
      conduct.
      Mr. Howley read the following report of the Finance Committee:
      "Several pressing applications for payment were made by contractors and
      others to which money was due for a long time, when after a careful examination
      of the bills sent to, and of the minute book of the late vice-guardians, we
      recommend the following payments as soon as money may be in the hands of our
      treasurer:-

      Bridget Rogers, nurse to Fever Hospital...£7.11.3
      Thomas Naughtan, milk contractor...........30.0.0
      Michael Foley, boxes for the immigrants...17.6.8
      P.M'Nulty, clerk......................................20.0.0
      Thomas Hart, master...............................15.0.0

      We recommend to the consideration of the board of guardians whether it is
      necessary to keep the fever hospital in Crossmolina any longer open,
      particularly when there are 30 beds vacant in Ballina, where the patients could
      get accommodations and medical attendance with very little expense.
      We beg to call the attention of the board to the scale of remunerations
      allowed to the rate collectors which we consider too high, and should, in our
      opinion, in no case exceed 1s. in the pound.
      We have examined the lists of persons who owe rate above £5., and we
      recommend that their names be handed over to our solicitor for immediate
      proceedings in every case where it can be shown that the collectors have made
      application either to principals or agents.
      We think that the present number of relieving officers cannot be dispensed
      with; although we have no hesitation in recommending a reduction to the amount
      of their salaries in proportion to the size of their districts and the duties
      they may be severally called on to perform."
      Mr. Peter Kelly appeared before the board on behalf of Mr. Bingham, who is
      one of Mr. Cosgrave's (the last rate collector in Erris) sureties. It appeared
      that Mr. Cosgrave has £60 on hands of the rate collected by him, and that he
      left an arrear of £11,000 in his district. Cosgrave was dismissed under the seal
      of the commissioners, and Mr. Bingham is now being sued for £60. After a good
      deal of conversation on the subject, Captain Hamilton, on the suggestion of Mr.
      Thomas M'Andrew, solicitor to the guardians, agreed to have Mr. Cosgrave
      summoned before the Magistrates of the district, Mr. Bingham consenting to pay
      the £60 if they do not succeed against Cosgrave.
      It was agreed to pay costs to Mr. Mahon, one of their creditors, and others
      on condition they stay proceedings, £4 3s 0d. costs were allowed to Mr. Mahon.
      Messrs. Hearne and Joynt were declared contractors for Indian meal at £7 4s
      6d per ton; Messrs. Hugh Gallagher and Co. for Barley meal at £6 15s 0d per ton;
      Maxwell for tins- quarts at £1 5s per 100 and pints at £1 0s 10d per 100; and
      Murray for beef and mutton at 3d per lb.

      STATE OF THE HOUSE
      Remaining on Saturday 3d. Nov .............. 2558
      Admitted during the week ........................ 38
      Discharged .............................................. 117
      Died ....................................................... 3
      Remaining on Saturday 10th Nov............. 2466
      In receipt of out-door relief on 10th .......... 2166

      STATE OF THE FUNDS
      Received during the week......................£178 0 0
      Paid ..................................................... 111 0 0
      On hands ............................................. 85 14 5


      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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