HC Deb 31 May 1897 vol 49 c1623

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether an application under the Labourers' Acts has been made in the case of Robert Matthewson, of Coolaghy, Feddyglass, in the union of Strabane; and, if so, when; whether Matthewson's house was condemned by the medical officer as unfit for human habitation whether orders for the building of cottages within the union of Strabane were given under the authority of the Local Government Board; and, if so, at what date; and if Matthewson's case was included, what is the reason of the delay in building?


An application was made by the person named to the Board of Guardians in 1894. The Medical officer condemned his house as unfit for the accommodation of his family, and as otherwise being in a bad condition of repair. Orders for the erection of, altogether, 30 cottages were made by the Local Government Board on the 19th January, 1895; 25th February, 1896; and 11th May, 1897. The Order made on the 11th inst. contemplated the erection of a cottage for the labourer referred to, but as petitions may be lodged against the Order up to the 11th of June, the inspector, who is carrying out the Acts in the union, is not yet in a position to proceed with the scheme.