Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 3 

Meetings held from 3rd September 1847 - 10th September 1847

[348]
No meeting on the 3rd September 1847.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

60

0

9
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

66

3

9 1/2

[349]
Meeting held on the 10th. September, 1847.

[350] The register book was signed from No. 4522 to No. 4575.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

120

0

0
Paid during the week

107

17

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

72

9

1
[351] Rates collected and lodged

120

0

0
Rates remaining

7537

3

1 1/8
Cost of provisions and necessities received

81

19

1 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

66

17

1
General average cost of an inmate

2

1

[352]
Read
- circular from the Poor Law Commissioners' office, Dublin, dated 26th ult. on the subject of Out Door Relief to able bodied men.
- commissioners' letter of the 28th ult. replying to the clerk's letter of the 19th ult. on the subject of a return of the liabilities of the guardians on the 31st July 1847.
- commissioners' letter of the 30th ult. accompanying a form of return relative to the rates made or agreed upon, for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act and ordinary expenditure jointly.
- letter from the commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 30th August 1847 accompanying forms of the state of the union funds on the 31st August last.
- letter from the Commissioners for administering the law for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 31st August last showing the liabilites of the guardians on the 31st August 1847.
[353] - letter from the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 1st inst. stating that no alteration can now be made in the collector's poundage.
- letter from the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 1st September 1847, stating that the rate on the collector's warrants cannot be cancelled by any operation of the board of guardians.
- letter from the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 1st inst. stating that votes cannot be taken otherwise than is laid down by article 12 of the general regulations.
- letter from the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland bearing date 2nd inst stating that they have accepted the resignation of Mr Robert Morony, and requesting to know from the guardians whether they think it desirable that an order for an election should be issued to supply the vacancy.
- Letter from the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland, bearing date 3rd inst stating that they cannot lay down a rate as to the precise quantity of land the holding of which would disqualify a person from becoming relieving officer.
[354]
The clerk read copy of a memorial forwarded by our Chairman Cornelius O'Brien Esq. to his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant and the reply thereto as follows.

To his Excellency Earl Clarendon, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
                    We the board of guardians of Ennistymon Union in the County of Clare approach your Excellency with every sentiment of personal consideration, and with a full reliance upon the integrity of these principles which have heretofore distinguished your official and public life. We now respectfully call your Excellency's attention to the present disastrous and unexampled condition of the country, arising from the abandonment of presentments yet unfinished and adopted by the respective sessions of the county, upon the full and explicit understanding that the necessary amount for their execution should be advanced by the government.
We also submit to your Excellency that the Counties of Ireland are unable to complete the roads so presented by Grand Jury assessments, such assessments being half yearly, whereas the Labour Rate Act diffuses the repayment of the sum expended through twenty half yearly instalments.
We therefore most respectfully solicit your Excellency to direct the immediate completion of those unfinished roads which in their present state are as destructive to property as they are in many cases dangerous to life.
[355]               Memorialists will hold your Excellency's benevolence in grateful recollections.
                                                                Signed on behalf of the board,
                                                                            Cornelius O'Brien,
                                                                                    Chairman.
Workhouse Ennistymon
20th August 1847

The reply to the foregoing memorial as follows.

W.9348
                                                                                                        Dublin Castle 30 August 1847
Sir,
            In reference to the memorial which you have forwarded as Chairman of the Ennistymon Poor Law Guardians, I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant to state that there are no funds at the disposal of the Government for the completion of works commenced under the Act 9 and 10 Vict cap 107. No understanding that the amount required for the completion of such works should be advanced by the Government has ever been recognised, on the contrary in every instance the notification to the Grand Jury secretary, intimating that the treasury had authorised the board of works to execute any work they recommended, was accompanied by notice that such work was not to be continued after the 15th of August 1847 or in any case after the cessation of the distress for the relief of which the work had been presented.
                                                                I have the honour to be Sir,
                                                                       Your Obedient Servant,
                                                                            M. Reddington.
Cornelius O'Brien.

[356]
Read
- letter from the Commissioners administering the laws for the relief of the poor in Ireland, bearing date 3rd inst. accompanying copies of the general order of the Poor Law Commissioners for regulating the administration of Out Door Relief under the statute 10 Vict. Cap. 31 and the other Acts in force for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland.
- memorial from the Tralee board of guardians dated 31st August last to Lord John Russell praying that the sums advanced under the labour rate act and the Temporary Relief Act ought not be charged exclusively to Ireland.

Resolved
- that the Commissioners be applied to, for their sanction to remove from the house to their several electoral divisions, the old and infirm now in the house,thereby to make room for the ablebodied who may make application for admission with a view of applying the Workhouse Test, to applicants of that description, and that the appointment of relieving officers be postponed to the 24th inst.
- that we consider the arrangement made or suggested by the Commissioners in respect to the appointments of relieving officers objectionable in as much as the districts are too large, and that it is desirable to divide the union into 12 instead of 8 division - namely
[357]
1. Ennistymon.
2. Liscannor.
3. Kilshanny.
4. Kililagh.
5. Kilfenora.
6. Miltown.
7. Rath.
8. Corofin.
9. Caron and Burren.
10.Drumcreehy.
11.Rathbourney.
12.Kilonahen.

Medical Report.
We have 30 patients in fever in the hospital. We have 58 patients in the infirmary, 3 only confined to bed. We have 3 deaths since the 1st of the month.
                                                        Charles Finnucane
                                                        Medical Officer

Resolved
- that the appointment of collector for the Ennistymon Electoral Division be adjourned to this day fortnight and that tenders be invited for the collection in the meantime.
- that tenders be invited from competent bakers against this day fortnight to serve in the workhouse by the year.
- that Mr Edward O'Dwyer gets a cheque for 46.9.6 for medicines to the 29th of June last.

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