Dawson, Charles. 'The new local bodies and the new Department of Agriculture and Technical Education and the development of the resources of Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. X Part LXXX, 1899/1900, pp567-579
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. X Part LXXX 1899/1900
Two classes of bodies have been lately created by the present
Government. One class by the Local Government Act of 1898,
and the other by the Act which established the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction of 1899. By the first
Act the government of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, and
the various towns and villages they contain, has been handed over to the care of the Irish Councils elected by popular franchise.
They have fiscal powers, and can levy taxes for certain
purposes. It appears to me that we have here at last the opportunity
afforded of practically developing the vast natural and
industrial resources of the country, which, up to this, have only
been written of and spoken of, but the theories of which have
never been realised. This realisation is the work of the new
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