§ SIR THOMAS ESMONDE (Dublin Co., S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is a fact that a labourer on the Brooke estate, in County Wexford, named John Kavanagh, applied for a cottage, some time since, under the Labourers' Act; if his application was allowed by the local Board of Guardians, and confirmed by the Local Government Board; if, since then, the agent, Mr. Hamilton, has been continually appealing to the Privy Council to prevent the scheme being carried into effect; if, meanwhile, Kavanagh lives in a ditch, and his children sleep in the open air; and, if there is any likelihood of his soon getting the cottage?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
The Local Government Board inform me that the scheme for labourers' cottages in the Gorey Union fell through in consequence of informalities in the 1389 preliminary proceedings of the Guardians. The Guardians then republished their scheme, and the Local Government Board will take it up again as soon as the services of an Inspector are available. It is not the fact that Mr. Hamilton has been continually appealing to the Privy Council to prevent the scheme from being carried out. The matter has not yet reached the stage at which, such an appeal could be made.