!! Ballina Chronicle; Nov 21, 1849 "Mayo Items"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, November 21, 1849
THE STREETS OF BALLINA
It is desirable that the guardians of this union would follow the example
of the Castlebar board in passing a resolution for the employment of some of the
able-bodied paupers in cleaning the streets of this town. On many occasions we
called upon the late vice-guardians to afford the rate-payers some little return
for their money, but their masters, the commissioners, would not permit any
paupers to be systematically engaged in removing nuisances from the streets. We
suppose the elected guardian must submit to the same controul or walk out of the
office forthwith. Here is the secret, let what will be said; and whatever
gentlemen have the management of an union they must do as they are bid. But we
would be glad to see the guardians act somewhat independently and test the
powers of the Poor Law Commissioners in more respects than that which we have
now under consideration. It is not necessary for us to enlarge upon the
exceedingly filthy state of our town, the offensive nuisances which every where
present themselves, and the different irregularities and obstruction in the
streets. The guardians must be fully aware of all this, and why, we ask, in the
name of common sense and justice is not some attempt made to bring out the
able-bodied paupers from their snug corners in the workhouse and make them work
a little for the food and comfort they are enjoying at the expense of the rate
payers? This, too, would be remunerative employment, for the value of the manure
collected would be more than sufficient to support those daily engaged in
gathering it, and will be required if the design of renting some land for pauper
labour be carried out. We trust that this subject will be brought before the
consideration of the board at their next meeting.
THE OLD ABBEY - After repeated representations of the unfitness of the Old
Abbey in Ardnaree being used as a burial ground, a sealed order from the Central
Board of Health directing its enclosure for the prevention of further interments
was issued six or eight weeks since, but, seeing that no steps have been yet
taken towards the carrying out of this important object, we now call the
attention of the Board of Guardians to the subject.
BALLINA PETTY SESSIONS- Captain Atkinson was the only magistrate in
attendance yesterday. After hearing a few cases out of the civil book he
adjourned the court.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News
- "...why, we ask, in the name of common sense and justice is not some attempt made to bring out the able-bodied paupers from their snug corners in the workhouse and make them work a little for the food and comfort they are enjoying at the expense of the rate payers?"
Oh my word, were they being sarcastic? I hope...?
Thanks for the transcripts, Cathy. They are fascinating!
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