HC Deb 24 April 1896 vol 39 cc1638-9
MR. C. MURNAGHAN (Tyrone, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that a considerable number of the dwellings of agricultural labourers in the Omagh Union contain only one apartment; whether he is aware that an Inspector of the Local Government Board was last year sent to examine into the claims of the labourers for better housing accommodation, their representations being rejected by a majority of the Guardians; and is he also aware that the Inspector found the housing accommodation insufficient, and recommended the building of a number of labourers' cottages; and will steps be taken to carry out that recommendation with as little delay as possible?


An Inspector of the Local Government Board held an Inquiry, as stated, and recommended that the Guardians should make a Scheme for the erection of 37 labourers' cottages in this Union. The Inspector's report was communicated to the Guardians, who, I understand, have adjourned the further consideration of the matter until the 2nd May. The Board have written to the Guardians stating that they trust that the Scheme, with the necessary maps, etc., will be ready for execution on the date mentioned.