HC Deb 24 April 1884 vol 287 c452

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the vote of censure passed by the Athy Board of Guardians on the Local Government Board for useless expenditure of the public money in inserting the advertisement announcing the holding of an inquiry under the Labourers Act in The General Advertiser, a paper rarely or never seen in the district; if it be a fact that, at the same time, no advertisement was inserted in The Kildare Observer or Leinster Leader, the two local papers; and, if so, whether he, as President of the Irish Local Government Board, will see to a more judicious distribution of such advertisements in the future?


The Local Government Board in this case followed their usual practice with regard to advertisements relating to proceedings under the Labourers' Act—namely, to select those newspapers in which the Guardians published notices of their schemes under the Act, and also to publish in The General Advertiser, a paper which circulates gratuitously, and is easily accessible in all parts of the country. The Board do not think they could adopt a more judicious distribution of such advertisements. It does not appear reasonable on the part of the Guardians of Athy Union to object to the Local Government Board not having selected the two local newspapers mentioned in the Question, inasmuch as they had not done so themselves.