Reports and Returns Relating to Evictions
in the Kilrush Union (1847-1849)

Extract from the Vice-Guardians' report - October 21, 1848

"THE number of houses now thrown down, and of families thereby rendered totally destitute, is daily increasing to a fearful extent. In most instances, the plan adopted by the landlords has been to proceed by Civil Bill against the person of the tenant, and on his being arrested, to discharge him from gaol on his having the house thrown down, and possession given to landlord by the remainder of his family, or by his friends; in other cases, a small sum is given to the tenant, and discharge from all claim of rent, on the house being thrown down and possession given up. In both these cases, the landlord is not obliged to give notice, nor does he incur any penalty, as no ejectment or legal process has been instituted for the recovery of the lands and premises, and the object intended by the Act, ‘to allow preparation to be made for the reception or subsistence of the families,’ is totally defeated."

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