HC Deb 14 March 1898 vol 54 c1525

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland is he aware that a woman named Margaret Robertson, aged 74 years, having become chargeable to the Parish Council of the parish of Dunfermline, in Scotland, was, on the petition of J. T. Meikle, Inspector of Poor, removed from that place and sent to the workhouse at Edenderry, King's County, where she was admitted on the 2nd instant; is he aware that the said Margaret Robertson spent over 50 years continuously in Scotland; that she is unknown to any person in the Union of Edenderry, where she has been imposed on the rates; and whether, having regard to the fact that this is a sample of a large class of cases whereby Irish ratepayers are aggrieved, he will take such action as will in future prevent their repetition?


It is true that Margaret Robertson was recently removed from Scotland to the Edenderry Workhouse, but I have no information as to the other facts alleged. On the general question of legislation, my right hon. Friend the Lord Advocate has stated that a Bill has been framed, containing provisions dealing with the grievance of Ireland in this matter, and that he hopes to have the opportunity of introducing it at no very distant date.