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Poor Relief in Ireland, 1851-1914

Mel Cousins

This book examines the provision of poor relief in Ireland from the immediate aftermath of the Famine in the mid-nineteenth century to the onset of the Great War in 1914, by which time the Poor Law had been replaced by a range of other policy measures such as the old-age pension and national insurance. The study establishes an empirical basis for studying poor relief in this period, analysing over time the provision of indoor and outdoor relief and expenditure levels, and charts regional variations in the provision of poor relief. The author goes on to examine a number of issues that highlight political and social class struggles in relation to the provision of poor relief and also considers in fascinating detail the broader role of the Poor Law and the Boards of Guardians within local communities.

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ii Maps Map 2.1 Valuation by union (£/population), 1859 34 Map 2.2 Valuation by union (£/population), 1907 35 Map 2.3 Indoor relief by union (numbers relieved/100 population), 1859 37 Map 2.4 Indoor relief by union (numbers relieved/100 population), 1907 38 Map 2.5 Outdoor relief by union (numbers relieved/100 population), 1877 40 Map 2.6 Outdoor relief by union (numbers relieved/100 population), 1907 41 Map 2.7 Rates by union (d.), 1859 42 Map 2.8 Rates by union (d.), 1907 43 Map A1 Poor law unions, 1851–1907 275

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