Location: Flemings Hotel. Private meeting.
F. FAHY (Galway S.) read a letter from the Loughrea Board of Guardians covering a resolution from the Board urging that State Aid be substituted for the present system of providing for the relief of the necessitous poor, and asked the Minister for Local Government for such information as would enable him to reply.
The Sinn Féin Constitution adopted in 1917 proposed “The abolition of the Poor Law System and substitution in its stead of adequate outdoor relief to the aged and infirm, and the employment of the able-bodied in the reclamation of waste lands, afforestation and other national and reproductive works.”
The SECRETARY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, replying, said the best answer was that as soon as the Irish Government was in a position to function, these matters would be dealt with.