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Limerick City Petitions


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Date of Article: 31/07/1822
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Appendix ' ( A.) 108 MINUTES OF EVIDENCE BEFORE SELECT COMMITTEE Mercurii, 10" die Julii, 1822. THOMAS SPRING RICE, ESQUIRE, IN THE CHAIR. Mr. John Barry, Called in; and Examined. WHERE do you reside?— In Limerick. Mr. What office do you hold in that city ?— Secretary to the commissioners for im- John Barry. proving the parish of St. Michael. ( 10 July.) Will you have the kindness to state, whether that is the return which you have given in in obedience to the orders of this Committee ? [ A paper being handed to the witness.]— It is. Does that paper contain a full account of the mode of conducting the business of the commissioners of the parish of St. Michael?— It does. How are the accounts audited ?— They are audited by a committee appointed by the commissioners ; a committee of themselves, three or four, or sometimes five; three or four generally. How is the committee of the commissioners appointed ?— By the board of commis- sioners when they meet; seven commissioners when they meet, constitute a quorum ; sometimes there may be eight attend, sometimes nine and ten; but it is necessary that there should be seven, and they appoint three or four, or perhaps five, of their own body, to audit the accounts. How many commissioners act as a committee?— Seven constitute a quorum. You say, that the commissioners appoint a committee to investigate the accounts, and that seven of the commissioners must meet in order to choose that committee ; of how many does that committee consist ?— There may be three or four. How many generally?— That depends upon the number the board may nominate. How many do they generally nominate?— About three or five. Never less than three ?— There may be less than three ; it is possible there might be two or three. You never recollect only one being appointed ?— Never. How often do the commissioners meet?— That depends upon the business that is to be brought before them; they adjourn their meetings perhaps for a fortnight or three weeks; then, if there is business to be done, or any letters sent to me on parish business, I summon them to attend; they are summoned to attend by me, when the business of the parish requires their attendance. Have you any regular surveyor ?— We have. Who is he ?— Mr. John William Owens, he is now the surveyor ; his father, that is dead, was the surveyor before him. Have you any treasurer ?— I act as treasurer in receiving the monies paid to me by the collector, and in disbursing the money for the exigencies of the parish. By whose directions do you disburse the money?— I disburse it by the directions of the commissioners, in consequence of the powers they have vested in me to light the globes of the parish ; they have vested powers in me to buy oil, and other neces- saries to light those globes, and to pay for repairing the streets of the parish, and for paying watchmen and sweepers, and lamplighters. Do you light the lamps by contract ?— The commissioners did light the lamps by contract, previous to the year 1816; but they were so badly lighted by the contractor, in fact they burned, they did not blaze; the contractors were so anxious to make as much money as they could by it, and the commissioners of the parish in order to put an end to thejobbing, conceived it would be much better done by one of their own officers than by the contractors; and it is not only much better done, but we also give as good light as can be expected, and we do it perhaps twenty per cent cheaper than was paid to the contractors. In what way is the first entry made of any pecuniary transaction affecting the parish; in what book is it entered ?— In the waste book. Being entered in the waste book, into what account is it afterwards transcribed?— Being entered in the waste book, the transaction is. stated exactly as it occurs on the . left hand side of the page, and on the opposite page is the journal entry of it, according
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