!! Ballina Chronicle; Feb 6, 1850 "Meeting of Guardians"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, February 6, 1850
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Union was
held on Saturday, Colonel Gore in the Chair.
The medical officers employed in the union during the prevalence of the
late cholera called upon the Board for an answer to their repeated applications
for the stipulated remuneration of their services, when it was resolved to
request the Commissioners to assist them (the Guardians) in presenting funds for
this purpose, and begged to refer to a former resolution on the subject.
Captain Hamilton, Inspector, said, that with reference to the impounding of
the rates by the Treasurer, for the payment of the advances made to the Union
under the Temporary Relief Act, he was not aware that any instructions had been
issued by the Poor Law Commissioners on the subject. On learning, however, the
intention of the Treasurer he had at once written to the Poor Law Commissioners.
He (Captain Hamilton) was satisfied that there was some mistake in the matter,
and that it was not intended, under the circumstances in which the union is
unfortunately placed, to insist on the repayment of sums so advanced at present.
No doubt, before the next Board day, the Treasurer would received instructions
on the subject, and he trusted that any inconveniences which might be occasioned
would be speedily remedied. The Treasurer was acting only in accordance with the
view which he (the Treasurer) had taken of a letter which he had received form
another public department in Dublin.
A letter from the Commissioners was read containing an extract from a
letter addressed to them by the Rev. Mr. Madden, Roman Catholic Chaplain, where
it was stated that the inmates of the Ardnaree Auxiliary Workhouse were obliged
to eat their stirabout off the rough boards with their fingers without the
assistance of spoons; and that it was through an extreme extension of power he
was able to administer Divine service in all the houses, as the paupers were not
fit, from insufficiency of clothing to walk though the streets.
Mr. Madden having been requested to appear before the Board, Colonel Gore
remarked to him that he felt rather jealous that he should have written to the
Commissioners, especially as the Guardians were doing their utmost for the
comfort of the paupers; and that Mr. Madden must be aware of the state in which
the Union was given over to them, that contractors had sold off all the
furniture, &c. and that he should have represented the matters of which he
complains to the Board before he had written to the Commissioners.
Mr. Madden did not wish to give the Guardians any annoyance but he thought
it pitiful to see unfortunate creatures eating their stirabout with their
fingers off the bare boards. He only discharged, he said, his conscientious duty
and acted according to the directing of his bishop. The evil was to be seen by
the Guardians as well as by him, and if he communicated with the Board his
letters would be unnoticed, as had already been the case.
Captain Hamilton always understood that the Commissioners wished that there
should be a communication first with the Guardians on such matters, and that it
was his habit always to do so.
Mr. Bredin told Mr. Madden that all his letters were replied to.
Mr. Madden - Was my last?
Mr. Bredin - It was attached in the minutes and forwarded to the
Mr. Madden then opened a rather long conversation on this subject by
telling Mr .Bredin that there was no use humbugging any more about it, and
wished the Guardians good day.
The following resolution was then ordered to be placed on the minutes: -
Resolved - That with reference to a letter of the Rev. Mr. Madden to the
Poor Law Commissioners referred to us for our remarks; while protesting against
the propriety of any officer of the union making such a representation without
first communicating with the Board, we in courtesy to the Commissioners beg to
observe that just as the present Board entered into office the entire furniture
including the articles, the want of which Mr. Madden deplores, was sold off
under an execution for debt contracted by the Vice-Guardians, and the almost
entire of furniture of the auxiliary houses of Ardnaree has been placed there by
a private individual whose property it is; nor can we, though making every
possible exertion, promise a satisfactory state of things while a debt of
£20,000 hangs over us which puts the comfort, we might say lives, of thousands
at the mercy of any individual contractor. We shall, in conclusion, only add
that it is wonderful matters are generally in so good a state as they are under
such unfortunate and oppressive circumstances. Even this day a contractor from
whom some of the beds, &c, (sold off by him), are now hired by the Board,
threatened to possess himself of same, the Board being unable to pay the weekly
hire in consequence of the treasurer having impounded the entire lodgments.
Messrs. Hearne and Joynt were declared contractors for Barley meal at £6
15s. per ton, and for Indian Meal at £7 17s. 6d.; Messrs. Hugh, Gallagher and
Co. for Oat Meal at £9 7s. Whole Wheaten Meal at £10 per ton, and for Barrack
Flour at 28s. per barrel.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News