Housing conditions in Dublin Unskilled labourers Living conditions in Dublin
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Chart, D.A. 'Unskilled labour in Dublin': its housing and living conditions. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIII Part XCIV, 1913/1914, pp160-175
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIII Part XCIV 1913/1914
Perhaps the greatest difficulty in the way of the social
reformer is his lack of adequate information. He perceives,
as all, who are not blind or deaf, must perceive, that all is
not well with the commonwealth, that large numbers of
the population live starved and stunted lives, that, despite
our triumphs in science, our increased power to control
the forces of nature, this old world still contains a greater
amount of human suffering and squalor than seems consistent
with the general development of the twentieth century.
The Lusitania and the slum, the aeroplane and the
tenement house, the boy scout and the street arab,
contrasts such as these are to be met with on every side.
Glaring social evils stare us in the face, yet the problems
connected with them must be approached very warily, lest
the effort to do good may bring about a greater harm. If
we are to play the surgeon, we must study the anatomy of
the body politic. The paper to be read this evening will
illustrate a phase of life in the city of Dublin, the life of
the class generally described as unskilled labour.
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