HC Deb 17 July 1882 vol 272 cc701-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he is aware that forty decrees were obtained at the last Quarter Sessions held in Arklow for debts due under the seed rate, the sums ranging from £3 12s. 4d. down to 8s. 3d.; whether one poor man, Denis Conoran, deposed that he was refused seed when he applied, but his father (since dead) got it, and that he died so poor that he, defendant, was still in debt for the coffin in which he was buried; whether this man was decreed for £2 6s. 9d.; whether only one month's time has been given for payment, the county court judge stating, in giving judgment— He thought it was a very hard thing to proceed against these poor people at this time of year; and, whether, as Chairman of the Local Government Board in Ireland, he will take any steps to stop further action in the matter until after the harvest cornea in?


I have called for information about this question, but have not yet received it. The facts, as far as I have heard, are correctly stated. I have referred the matter to the Local Government Board.