Millin, S. Shannon. 'The duty of the state towards the pauper children of Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XII Part LXXXIX, 1908/1909, pp249-262
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XII Part LXXXVIII 1907/1908
It is not without many misgivings that I approach the subject
of pauperism, on which is dependent to so large an extent
the social prosperity of the Irish people. The subject has
been discussed in various aspects from the platform of the
Statistical Society, since its foundation in 1847, memorable in
the history of Ireland as the year when the misery which
accompanied the Potato Famine was at its greatest height.
Many legislative enactments have since been passed to grapple
with the great social problem-of the relation of the community
to the poor, and some of the beneficent changes which have
been effected in Westminster, as to the mode of administering
relief, were previously discussed and advocated here, in the
calmer atmosphere of philosophical inquiry. Much still
remains to be done towards the solution of the problem, and
without attempting to approach the larger subject, I shall
direct my remarks, more especially, to what I consider its
most important branch, viz., the duty of the State towards
the pauper children.
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