!! Ballina Chronicle; Apr 17, 1850; Meeting of Ballina Guardians
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, April 17, 1850
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
Ballina Union. - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this
Union was held in the Boardroom on Saturday, Edward Howley, Esq., in the
chair. The other Guardians present were, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Paget, Mr. Symes,
Mr. Malley, Capt. Atkinson, Mr. M'Culloch, Mr Joynt, Captain J. Knox, Mr. G.
Orme, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. J. Jackson, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. Wills and
Mr. Cunningham, &c. Capt. Hamilton, Inspector, was present.
A letter from the Commissioners was read in which they declared their
intentions to issue their order for a supplemental election for Guardians
for the Ardnaree South and Fortland Electoral Divisions.
Mr. Quigly, one of the Guardians, brought into the Board Room two
jackets and two waistcoats, the property of the Union, which he had taken
off a pauper who had absconded from the workhouse.
A pauper, who stated that he had worked as a labourer for about four
years in the Sallymount division, and having partly lost his sight, begged
in that neighbourhood during the three or four following years, applied for
admission into the house. - Mr. Paget objected to his being placed on the
Sallymount division and insisted upon taking the sense of the Board on the
subject, when it was decided by a majority of 10 to 9 that he should be
charged to the union at large.
Another pauper who was born in the Ardagh division but lived as a
servant in the Ballina division for two or three years was placed upon the
Mr. Beaty objected to another pauper and his family being placed on the
union at large who were born in the division of Ardagh but had been
strolling about during the last four years. The sense of the meeting was
taken when there appeared to be a majority of four in favour of charging
them on the Ardagh division.
There were 80 paupers admitted.
The following letter from the Commissioners was read on the previous
day of meeting but its consideration was postponed for a fuller board:-
"Poor Law Commission Office,
Dublin, 3d April, 1850,
"SIR - The Commissioners for administering the Laws for Relief of the
Poor in Ireland have had before them answers to the usual queries respecting
Mr. Henry Joynt, who has been appointed Valuator to the Ballina Union, form
which it appears that Mr. Joynt is Surveyor and Clerk to the properties of
Colonel Knox Gore and the Earl of Arran in the Union, and I am directed to
state that before sanctioning the proposed appointment the Commissioners
think it right to inquire whether the Board of Guardians have duly
considered how far the circumstances referred to may operate in diminishing
the confidence which it is important that all classes of ratepayer should
feel in the impartiality of a person entrusted to the duty of valuing the
property of the Union.
"By order of the Comjmissioners,
"W. STANLEY, Secretary.
"To the Clerk of the Guardians of the Ballina Union."
Mr. Malley considered that it would be time enough to make objections
when the valuation was made as there would then be an opportunity for doing
so, as the books would be open for inspection, and moreover, the valuator
would be obliged at his own expense to defend appeals.
Mr. Cunningham wished to disclaim having made any statement to the
Commissioners about Mr. Joynt, as was reported of him. The letter of the
Commissioners, he said, was of itself evidence that he did not do so.
The Board appeared to be unanimous in their opinion of Mr. Joynt's
integrity, and passed the following resolution:-
"In reference to the Commissioners letter with regard to the
appointment of Mr. Henry Joynt, as valuator of the union, it was unanimously
agreed to by a full Board of Guardians, in reply to the Commissioners
remarks, that he does possess the full confidence of the Board, and as such
we request the immediate sanction of his appointment."
Catherine Boland, one of the inmates of the Workhouse, appeared before
the Board in reference to a change in her religious denomination. [ This
woman was before the Board at a late hour on the last board day, and
expressed a wish to have her registry changed from Protestant to that of
Roman Catholic, but any decision on the Subject was postponed to next
meeting, when there would be more guardians present.] She stated that she
was born and bred a Roman Catholic. She was two years in the workhouse,
during which time her name, according to her own wish, was entered as a
Protestant. The Sunday before last she went to mass, but on the last Sunday
went, as she said to church, and after coming from it was called a "turn
coat" by Betty Sweeney and other paupers. She now would remain a Protestant.
She told Colonel Gore on the last day of meeting that she would become a
Catholic again, but she now wished to be a Protestant.- She had nothing to
say against the master or mistress or any of the other officers; Mrs. Hart,
the mistress, sent for her to go to church, and neither she nor any of the
officers had ever called her a turn coat or wished her to go to mass.
Mr. Pratt remarked that he felt called upon to say that the statement
of this woman was highly creditable to the officers of the house.
The Master reported that he had Betty Sweeney reported for punishment.
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