HC Deb 06 March 1885 vol 295 cc295-6

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, in view of the manner in which the Boundary Commissioners in Ireland have divided several counties by townlands, not adhering to either barony or parish boundaries, and of the great dissatisfaction occasioned thereby, and also in view of the very small scale on which the maps inserted in the Report have been drawn, he can see his way to furnish Members with maps of the contentious counties in Ireland on the scale of six inches to the mile, reproduced from the townland ordnance maps, showing thereon the proposed divisional boundaries?


I am not aware that there is any great dissatisfaction occasioned by the adoption of townlands as the unit for division, where it was necessary to do so for the purpose of equalizing the population. The townland is a well-known area, and does not, like parishes, overlap either counties or baronies. The scale adopted for the maps is the same as that adopted for both England and Scotland. The size of the 6-inch maps altogether precludes their being furnished to Members, as suggested. For example, the town-land map of Donegal is about 36 feet square, and that of Antrim 30 feet by 24 feet. In fact, the maps would be 24 times the size of those in the Report.