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Limerick City Petitions

31/07/1822

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ON PETITIONS RELATING TO LIMERICK TAXATION. 73 / upon the grand jury of the city two or three times, I think it was somewhere about 500/. a year. Tor three purposes— The fever hospital, the gaol, and the house of industry, is it not?— I believe so. Do you consider that a fair proportion ?— I can answer no question upon that subject; I am not acquainted with the thing at all. Since you have been in Limerick, have you ever heard of a meeting of the parishioners for the purpose of complaining of the manner in which the accounts of the parish of St. Michael are kept, and the disbursement of their revenues ?— No » J am not aware of it; it might be without my knowledge; I am not aware of it. , What street do you live in?— I live in William- street. Is that street paved ?— It is. How is it paved ?— With the usual kind of pavement in Limerick ; limestone, I believe. Powder- paved ?— There has been powder pavement thrown upon the ruts that were piade in the other pavement. By whom were you appointed to make this valuation of the lands ?— I cannot particularize any body; it was at a meeting of the council that I was at. By the common council ?— Yes. Do you know who is the tenant of those lands now under the corporation ?— They were demised, I believe; I know that was the agreement that was entered into; ^ whether they have been perfected or made good since, I do not know. You are a member of the common council?— I am. You reported upon the value of the Pennywell lot, N° 11, without having seen it ?— Yes. Have you ever seen it since ?— I have passed the road very often; but I do not know that I have seen that particular lot. But you signed the report of the value of that lot, upon the statement of the others?— I did, and I would have taken the value of my own property in the same way, and should have been quite satisfied with their valuation. What is your situation ?— I am paymaster of the Limerick city militia. Have you been present at council when any petitions, praying for admission to the freedom of the city of Limerick, have been laid before the council?— I have. Have you known of any individuals who have so petitioned, being admitted to the freedom of the city?— Yes. When ?— I knew them before the period of their petition, and I have known them ever since. Will you name any individuals who have been so admitted, in consequence of their petitions?— Yes, I will; Mr. Matthew Barrington has been admitted to the freedom of the city. When was Mr. Matthew Barrington admitted ?— The last council day. When was the last council holden ?— The first Monday after the 24th of June last. Was Mr. Barrington the first individual you have ever known admitted to the freedom of the city of Limerick, as a matter of right on petition ?— I believe so; X am not aware of any thing of the same description being before the council, as there was at the time their petitions were laid before them; I have only been a member of the council a short time, probably for three or four years. Do you recollect the petition of Mr. Boyce ?— There was a petition from Mr. Boyce, and he was admitted. There was a petition of Mr. George Bodkin, was he admitted ?— There were six petitioners, as eldest sons of freemen, and I believe Mr. Bodkin was one of them, and there was one admitted for marriage also. Mr. James Bodkin petitioned, in right of marriage, was he admitted ?— There was but one admitted on the right of marriage, and that was not the name; there was a Mr. Bodkin admitted as the son of a freeman; there were Mr. Barrington, Mr. Boyce, Mr. Russell, Mr. Bodkin, Mr. Macmann, and Mr. O'Sullivan; those six were admitted to freedom, as elder sons of freemen. There were several petitioners under the claim of apprenticeship also, were there not ?— There were. Have any of them been admitted?— There were none admitted under the claim of apprenticeship. Were not the apprentices individuals rather of an inferior class to the others?— I do not know, them at all; they were not admitted to their freedom in consequence of its appearing that there was no document or proof that was at all satisfactory; it was 617. agreed . Appendix: ( A.) John IVullace, Esq. ( 10 July.)
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