HC Deb 05 February 1891 vol 350 cc16-7
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether, having regard to the destitution prevailing over a great portion of the Kanturk Union (County Cork), and the scarcity of employment in the district, the Irish Government will take steps to suspend temporarily the Gregory or Quarter-Acre Clause, which prevents the Board of Guardians from giving outdoor relief to destitute persons, whether labourers or small occupiers, who hold more than a quarter-acre of land?


The condition of Kanturk Union has been the subject of recent inquiries. As the result of these inquiries, the Government have no reason to suppose that there is any exceptional distress which cannot be dealt with under the existing Poor Law, and they do not propose to introduce legislation in the direction suggested in the question.