Eason, Charles. 'The tenement homes of Dublin: their condition and regulation'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. X Part LXXIX, 1898/1899, pp383-398
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. X Part LXXIX 1898/1899
The condition of the tenement houses of Dublin was enquired
into by the Royal Commission upon the Sewerage and Drainage
of Dublin in 1879. Their report states that "9,760 houses
were occupied as dwellings let in tenements," and that of these
2,300, occupied by about 30,000 persons, were in a condition unfit
for habitation. The report recommends the gradual closing of
the ruinous houses, and the supervision and daily regulation of
the others, and it also says that by the provision of improved
sanitary accommodation, and the strict enforcement of the provisions
of the Public Health Act against overcrowding, a considerable
proportion of the tenement houses can be converted into
healthy dwellings. The report pointed out that it is the duty of
the Corporation to determine how many persons are to be
allowed to occupy each room, and to ascertain, by frequent
inspection, that the number fixed upon be not exceeded. The
Commissioners affirmed "that the tenement houses of Dublin
appear to be the prime source and cause of the excessively high
death rate; that they are not properly classified, registered,
and regulated ; that they are dilapidated, dirty, ill-ventilated,
much overcrowded, and that disease, a craving for stimulants
and its consequences—drunkenness and extreme poverty, are
thereby fostered, and that until the condition of these houses
shall have been improved the general health of the city will continue
to be injuriously affected."
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