HC Deb 21 July 1902 vol 111 cc781-2
MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief (Secretary to the _ Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been directed to a resolution of the Nenagh District Council with reference to the report received from Mr. Coffey, Local Government Inspector, dealing with four applications for cottages and plots from labourers in the Castletown Division of Nenagh Union; whether he is aware that the Council by their resolution disagree with the grounds on which the inspector based his report, and whether having regard to the fact that they are at present living in hovels, and the special circumstances of the case of John M'Carthy, he will request the inspector to reconsider these cases.


The resolution assumes that the applications were rejected because the applicants worked in the slate quarries. But this is not so. Two cases were rejected on the ground that no evidence was produced, as required by the Act, to prove that the existing houses of the applicants were unfit for habitation. A third was disallowed because there is already a cottage in the locality occupied by a woman who is reputedly wealthy. And in the fourth case, it was found that the additional half-acre plot proposed would interfere with an entrance to the land of the occupier.