Destitution in Dublin – alarming reports not confirmed

Published: 8 October 1913

The Irish Times has today surveyed the city’s charitable institutions to see what effect the strike and the lock out has had on levels of destitution. The Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers' Association reported that in September 1912 it had assisted 410 families, comprising 1,546 individuals. In September 1913 these numbers had risen to 461 families and 1,878 individuals.

A spokesman for St Vincent de Paul said that there had been no exceptional or abnormal demand for their services in the last five or six weeks. The Catholic Boys Home reports that its residents have, if anything, been busier during the period of unrest, and manage to earn more doing odd jobs than they would under normal circumstances.

The number of people in the North Union Workhouse this week is 2,264: an increase from the corresponding week last year when the total was 2,228. In the South Dublin Union Workhouse the number for the corresponding week last year was 3,755 but this week the number is lower at 3,672. The newspaper concludes, on the basis of its research, that the ‘sensational reports published in some of the newspapers in England are not fully justified’.

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