§ MR. CLANCY (Dublin Co., N.)
(for Mr. CAREW) (Kildare, N.) asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a Report in The Leinster Leader of the 25th of February last, wherein it is stated that in the case of the Celbridge Union, in the County of Kildare, the Privy Council granted every Petition lodged against the erection of labourers' cottages in that union; whether they heard the evidence of the objectors and decided thereon, without giving any notice to the Guardians of the Poor, or without giving them any opportunity of disproving the evidence of the objectors; and, whether, considering the difficulties thrown in the way of the erection of labourers' cottages, he will take steps to facilitate the Boards of Guardians in securing dwellings for the labourers?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: I am informed that three Petitions against the erection of labourers' cottages in Celbridge Union were heard before the Privy Council on the 18th of February, who allowed the objections, after hearing fully counsel and witnesses on both sides. The Guardians had both full notice of the hearing, were represented at it by counsel, and their 859 witnesses were examined in the several cases. I cannot allow that any difficulties are thrown in the way of Boards of Guardians in securing dwellings for the labourers in any cases where a feasible and fair scheme is submitted to the authorities.