Local Government (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923

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Number 9.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) ACT, 1923.


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Definition of “County Scheme”.

2.

Operation of existing County Schemes.

3.

County Council may prepare Scheme where no existing Scheme.

4.

Confirmation of Schemes by Minister.

5.

Power to alter County Schemes.

6.

Duration of County Scheme.

7.

County Schemes may abolish Boards, Committees, &c.

8.

Alienation of lands and buildings by the Minister.

9.

Provision for performance of vaccination duties.

10.

Removal of restrictions on out-door relief.

11.

Superannuation of officers whose offices are abolished.

12.

Power to dissolve a Local Authority.

13.

Amendment of sections 3 and 6 of 11 & 12 Geo. 5, c. 67.

14.

Member of Local Authority may not be employed by that or another Local Authority.

15.

Powers over persons employed by Local Authorities.

16.

Power to Councils to provide money for instruction in the Irish Language.

17.

Power to County Councils to grant exhibitions, &c.

18.

Sums in Third Schedule to be repaid by Local Authorities.

19.

Payments in Fourth Schedule declared valid.

20.

Orders which may be made by the Minister.

21.

Definitions.

22.

Short Title and Duration.

FIRST SCHEDULE

SECOND SCHEDULE

THIRD SCHEDULE

FOURTH SCHEDULE

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Number 9.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) ACT, 1923.


AN ACT TO REMEDY THE MORE SERIOUS DEFECTS IN THE EXISTING LAW RELATING TO THE RELIEF OF THE POOR AND CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND FOR THAT PURPOSE TO AMEND TEMPORARILY THE LAWS RELATING TO THE MATTERS AFORESAID. [28th March, 1923.]

WHEREAS the existing laws relating to Local Government in Saorstát Eireann have long required amendment and alteration and in particular the existing law relating to the relief of the poor is wholly unsuited to the circumstances of Saorstát Eireann and causes unnecessary hardship to persons requiring relief thereunder while at the same time the cost of administering such relief is excessive:

AND WHEREAS in the circumstances hereinbefore recited the relief of the poor under the existing law has in several counties become wholly unworkable and in order to meet the emergency so occasioned the Councils of those Counties have re-organised the administration of the relief of the poor in their respective Counties and have for some time past been administering such relief in accordance with Schemes prepared by such Councils with the approval of the Minister for Local Government, the principal provisions of which Schemes are:—

(a) the abolition of the existing system under which the poor were relieved in workhouses established in each Poor Law Union;

(b) the centralization of the administration under one authority in each county;

(c) the establishment in each county of central institutions in which the poor of the county can be relieved;

(d) enabling all poor persons requiring relief to be relieved either in or out of the central institution as may be thought advisable:

AND WHEREAS until a comprehensive reorganization of the whole law of Local Government in Saorstát Eireann can be prepared and submitted to the Oireachtas it is necessary that temporary provision should be made to remedy the more serious defects in the law and in particular that legal authority should be given to the said Schemes of poor relief which have been put into operation by several County Councils as aforesaid, that power should be given to other County Councils to formulate similar schemes, that certain emergency powers should be given to Local Authorities, and that authority should be given temporarily to the Minister for Local Government to deal with Local Authorities which are forgetful of their duties and responsibilities:

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS OF SAORST?T EIREANN AS FOLLOWS:—