THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: Urban council meeting claims not to have been consulted over financial adjustment

From the News Letter, February 15, 1900

The adjourned meeting of Lurgan Urban Council had been held in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall on February 12 reported the News Letter on this day in 1900.

The town clerk (Mr F W Pollock) read an adjustment which had been made by the Local Government Board of financial balance for and against the electoral divisions of the County Armagh portion of Lurgan Union.

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From this document it appeared that there was a debit of £266 11s 4d against Lurgan division and that this amounted to over 2d in the pound.

The adjourned meeting of Lurgan Urban Council had been held in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall on February 12 reported the News Letter on this day in 1900. Picture: Lurgan Mail archives

It also stated that it would be for the Armagh County Council to say whether the sum would be charged against the urban division in addition to the ordinary rate.

The circular stated that the adjustment had been made after “due notice” to all parties interested, but this was refuted by the Lurgan Urban Council who claimed that they had never received such notice.

The clerk also read a letter from the general council of delegates of Irish county councils on the subject of railway amalgamation.

The communication contained a resolution in favour of the appointment of a Government Commission to inquire into “the whole question” of railway and canal policy in Ireland, with a view to the reduction of rates and fares.

Concluding the meeting it was recorded that on the motion of Mr Robert Hazelton and seconded by Mr Edward Lunn that the council had granted the free use of the Town Hall for a course of educational lectures in connection with the Fabian Society with all proceeds being donated to the local free library. Mr John Mahaffy noted that the promoters of the lectures “claimed to be Socialists”.