HC Deb 14 February 1895 vol 30 cc716-7
MR. P. M'GILLIGAN (Fermanagh, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) how many labourers' cottages have been erected under the Labourers (Ireland) Acts in the Enniskillen Union up to the present time; (2) whether he is aware that an application from Thomas Love, Mally-lusty, Blacklion, and Michael M' Loughlin, Carrentrenall, Blacklion, had been refused, and that one of those men immediately afterwards was evicted by his landlord, an ex-officio Guardian, though the rent was fully paid up, and was compelled to seek a habitation with his young family in an outhouse for several days and nights; and, (3) whether he will make inquiries into these cases, and generally with a view of having the Labourers Acts enforced in the Enniskillen Union?


(1) No cottages have been erected in Enniskillen Union. (2) Representations on behalf of the persons named were refused by the Guardians, on the ground that there was a number of vacant houses in the locality available for their accommodation. Statements to the effect mentioned in the, concluding part of the second paragraph were made to the Local Government Board by one of these persons. (3) The Local Government Board are always ready to direct an inquiry where a primâ-facie case for such action on their part is established; but having regard to the reports made to the Guardians by the Medical Officer of Health and the Sanitary Sub-officer as to the existence of vacant houses in the district this case did not appear' to the Board to be one in which any advantage would result from such an inquiry.

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