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!! Ballina Chronicle; Feb 6, 1850 "Meeting of Guardians"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, February 6, 1850 MEETING OF GUARDIANS BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 29, 2005
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, February 6, 1850

      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
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