HC Deb 25 May 1848 vol 98 c1413

MR. BOURKE inquired of the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary for Ireland "whether it be true that a sheriff's sale of all the furniture and clothing has taken place in the workhouse of Castlebar; and what provision has been made by the vice-guardians for the support of the poor of that union since the period of said sale?"

SIR W. SOMERVILLE admitted that all the effects and furniture of the workhouse had been sold except the beds. The difficulty in obtaining payment of rates led to this catastrophe. He was happy, however, to be able to add, that the vice-guardians had made such arrangements as enabled them to retain the paupers in the house.

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