Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


A Nation in Distress: The Poor of Ireland

Unlike England, Ireland, prior to 1834, did not have any kind of poor law system to relieve the distress of its poor. Outdoor relief was provided through local parochial (Church of Ireland) boards. The tithe applotment was a direct result of relief to the poor by the parochial boards. However, that relief proved inadequate as the problem of Ireland’s poor escalated. To keep pace with the problem, various relief measures were proposed, such as the Select Committee’s recommendation that a combination of public works, emigration, and county government reform be adopted. It wasn’t until the passage of the Poor Law Act of 1834 and subsequent amendments that the problem of Ireland’s poor was in part alleviated. for more click here

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