Potatoes for Aran

Galway Rural District Council

The usual monthly meeting of the Galway Rural District was held on Saturday last.

Mr. Michl McNeill, J.P. Chairman, in the chair.
Also- Messrs Jas Cunniffe, Dominick Fagan, Martin King, Patk Conneely, John Folan, Jas Donohue, Joseph Clancy, Patk Caulfield.

The Clerk read a letter from the Secretary of the Urban Council stating that the Council would be glad to forgo the rates on Messrs Richardson’s stores while they were giving out the seed potatoes if they were allowed to do so by the LG Board.

It was agreed to ask the LG Board about it.  The Clerk stated the amount of the cost of the seed applied for which came to £2,300.  Of this there were £1,318 for potatoes, on which he put £110 for carriage, but they did not know whether they would come from Belfast or Dublin.  The cost of oats was 22s 10d cwt, and manure 10s 11d cwt, after which there is the interest.

The Clerk added- Now they knew what the cost would be, it was for the Council to say-whether they will go on.

Mr. King- If the people don’t take the potatoes then what will become of them?

Chairman-They will be left on the hands of the Council will have to pay for them

Clerk- You may depend, if you order them you will have to pay for them.  Fr. Farragher told him during the week that they will want all the potatoes in Arran that they had applied for.

The Asst. Clerk read the list of applications for seed, most of which came from the west side and 48 tons was for Arran.

The names of those willing to supply seed were also read.

Mr. King and Mr. Cunniffe asked why not buy seed oats in Galway where they can be got anywhere, and much cheaper.  The latter added that they could be got in Galway at 2s a stone and by the loan money they would come to 3s.

Mr.King- They are mostly going in for a change of seed.

Mr. Fagan suggested that they send out printed forms to the R.O.s to let the people know what they would have to pay.

After some discussion it was agreed to apply for only half the amount of potatoes and only three fourths of the amount of oats and manure.

The Clerks read replies from the R.O.s who reported on what was being done by those with labourer’s cottages in cultivating their plots from which it appeared that none of them had done anything yet on account of the bad weather.

A couple of malicious injury claims were sent in and referred to the Councillors from the district for their opinion.

Mr. King gave notice of motion that he would move at next meeting the co-option of a member in place of the late Mr.French.

The other business was unimportant.

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