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Poor Law Commissioners and Local Government Board

 Poor Law Commissioners and Local Government Board

  •  Reports of The Poor Law Commissioners: 1842 – 1872;
     Reports of the Local Government Board: 1873 - 1904.

    Annual reports of the poor law commissioners, replaced in 1873 by the Local Government Board, for administering the laws for relief of the poor in Ireland. Gives statistics for Ireland including: returns of persons relieved in unions, numbers in workhouse infirmaries, orphan or deserted children, people in receipt of indoor and outdoor relief, annual admissions to the workhouse, proceedings under the Medical Charities Act with reference to the dispensary districts. Also includes official orders and circulars relevant to the Poor Law Union.


Poor Law Commissioners

 Extract from Poor Law Commissioners' Annual Report


  • Letters of the Local Government Board: Letters addressed to Donegal County Council, on related matters including: officers’ salaries; issues regarding rate, including rate collectors, arrears of rate; valuation; liaison with Rural District Councils on matters such as roads; waterworks; infirmaries ran by Council. 1899.


  • Sealed Orders of the Local Government Board. Includes Orders in Council, 22 December 1898, making rules under 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act, General Order, County and Rural District Councillors (1899), Certificate as to Poor Rate and County Cess (1899), General Orders for Auditing RDC Accounts (1899), General Order regulating communication between County Councils and District Councils and Boards of Guardians (1899), Certificate of Road Expenditure and other regulations regarding upkeep of Roads (1899), Public Health Orders (1899), Sanitary Orders (1900), general administration (1899 - 1902), tuberculosis prevention (1909), finance (1920).


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