HC Deb 11 March 1889 vol 333 c1379
MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to an article in the Nineteenth Century by Mr. James Hack Tuke, giving a highly satisfactory account of the emigrants who left Mayo, Galway, and Donegal under his auspices in the year 1882–4; whether Mr. Tuke was right in saying that the cessation of family emigration from the congested districts in Ireland is not due to want of funds, there being a balance not far short of £20,000 of the grant voted by Parliament still untouched; and whether in view of the statement by Mr. Tuke that he is in receipt of "very numerous applications" for assistance from the congested districts, there are any reasons for withholding from him the money voted by Parliament for that purpose?


In answer to my hon. Friend I have to state that the unexpended balance is £18,000. I am firmly convinced of the advantage, both to those who go and those who stay, of emigration from the congested districts of Ireland; and I should gladly avail myself of any aid Mr. Tuke can give me in carrying out the intentions of the Act of Parliament.