Irish small farmers live in misery
A labourer's cottage Photo: National Library of Ireland, L_ROY_01785

Irish small farmers live in misery

Published: 10 July 1914

Gathering concern over the plight of small farmers has led to calls for immediate moves to improve the conditions in which they live.

The campaign gathered pace earlier this year when Joseph Devlin MP told a huge meeting in Moate, Co. Westmeath: ‘Next to the ownership of land the greatest of all the domestic social problems is the problem of the housing of the people in town and country. You may tell me that drink is the cause of poverty and crime. In my judgment, housing is very often the root of poverty and crime. When an Irish parliament is carried through, one of the first things that ought to be done is to provide for every small farmer of less than twenty acres.’

His words were supported by Walter Nugent MP who said: ‘These men are housed in many respects in habitations not fit for human beings.’


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