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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of the Famine in the mid-nineteenth century to the onset of the Great War in 1914, by which time the Poor Law had been replaced by a range of other policy measures such as the old-age pension and national insurance.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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List of Sources Consulted National Archives of Ireland (NAI) Chief Secretary’s Of fice Registered Papers (CSORP) (1851–1914) Chief Secretary’s Of fice Of ficial Papers (1851–1914) Index of Poor Law Orders Relief of Distress papers 1891 Balrothery union minute books Lismore union outdoor relief papers North Dublin Union minute books South Dublin union minute books South Dublin union indoor relief register National Library of Ireland (NLI) Thomas Bradley papers (minute books of Timahoe branch of Irish National League) W.E. Forster papers Tim Harrington papers T.A. Larcom papers Earl of Mayo (Lord Naas) papers Minute books of Mothel branch of INL Trinity College Archives John Dillon papers (including minute books of Irish Parliamentary Party) 284 List of Sources Consulted Public Record Of fice of Northern Ireland Duke of Abercorn papers Belfast union minute books British Library Althorp (Earl Spencer) papers Gladstone papers National Archives (United Kingdom) Arthur Balfour papers Gerald Balfour papers Cabinet papers (1880–1914) Correspondence between Poor Law Commission/Local Government Board (E&W) and PLC/Local Government Board (Irl) [MH 19/53] Cork City and County Archives Cork union minute books Youghal union minute books List of Sources Consulted 285 Galway County Archives Galway union minute books Loughrea union minute books Mount Bellew union minute books Louth County Archives Ardee union minute books Drogheda union minute books Dundalk union minute books Mayo County Archives Ballinrobe union outdoor relief records Of faly County Archives Parsonstown union minute books Tullamore union application and report book, 1862–3 Tullamore union minute books 286...

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