§ MR. P. O'BRIEN (Monaghan, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that Miss Gertrude Rose, Mr. Dacre Hamilton, and Colonel Forster, landlords within the Monaghan Union, have notified the Guardians of their intention of evicting 65 families, their tenants, forthwith; whether it is true that two large wings of the workhouse at Monaghan are at present occupied by the Monaghan Militia, assembled for their annual training; whether, in can-sequence, the Guardians will be unable to provide accommodation for these tenants if evicted; and, whether, under the circumstances, the Government will refuse to give any assistance in carrying out these evictions until the Militia are 55 disbanded, and the Guardians are thus enabled to provide shelter for them?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: It appears that the landlords named have served the relieving officer with notices of eviction in the case of 61 families. The two wings of the workhouse are at present occupied by the Monaghan Militia, but will be vacated by them on the 28th instant. The Guardians of the Union report that there is ample accommodation for these tenants in the workhouse, independent of the portions temporarily occupied by the Militia, should there be a great influx of paupers through the carrying out of the evictions. The Guardians, however, do not seem to anticipate that such an influx will result from the evictions;