HC Deb 01 April 1909 vol 3 c613W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that John Reynolds applied under the Labourers Acts for a cottage to be erected on the farm of Michael Quinn, in Lismore union; that Mr. Quinn gave his consent to its erection; that the only opposition came from Colonel Grove-White, who is in occupation of some lands in the vicinity, but resides many miles away in the county Cork; whether he will say for what reasons the inspector rejected the application of John Reynolds; and whether, seeing that John Reynolds is a married man with a wife and six children, and resides in a small house condemned as unsanitary, and is a bonâ fide agricultural labourer, and in view of such cases as this, he will give the right of appeal to the district council and the labourers concerned in the erection of cottages as well as to the opponents of the same?


I am informed that Colonel White opposed the erection of the cottage on the site proposed to be taken on Qumn's holding, with the consent of the latter. The inspector did not consider the site a suitable one, as it was opposite a public-house, and he reported to that effect to the local authority. The representation lodged on behalf of Reynolds was not on the ground of the unfitness of his house for human habitation, nor was any certificate of the local sanitary officer produced condemning it. It is doubtful, on his own evidence, whether he is abonâ fide agricultural labourer. The question whether a right of appeal should be given to labourers in rejected cases was considered when the Labourers Bill of 1906 was before Parliament, and was decided in the negative