Dublin Corporation seeks more land to cope with dwindling food supply
Dublin, 1 March 1918 - Dublin Corporation has applied for 301 acres of land to meet the demand for allotments for the provision of food.
An inquiry carried out by the Local Government Board Inspector, Mr F.J. McCarthy, stated that there were a total of 2,020 applicants for allotments for whom there was not a spare foot of land available.
So strongly are Dublin Corporation pressing the case for additional land that they are re-examining plots of land that had already been rejected for tillage by the Local Government Board with a view to making a fresh approach.
Mr Rice, a Corporation Law Agent, remarked that there was a view that some landowners were being treated more favourably than others, but maintained that this was not the case.
In the case of Merrion Square and golf-links and sports grounds, the question was really where the balance of interest lay and whether the urgent demand for plots was greater or lesser than the accommodation of cattle on the one hand, and the amenities of the people and those who carried on sport on the other.
Mr Hanbury of Messrs Hanbury and Potterton Cattle Salesmen has said that were his nine and a half acres of land taken from him for plots, his firm might as well ‘chuck’ in their business and that he was already paying £20 an Irish acre, including rates and taxes.
Similarly, Mr Leonard, Chairman of the Irish Cattle Traders’ and Stockowners’ Association, has stated that the paddocks and parks adjacent to the Cattle Market were absolutely essential to the conduct of their weekly trade.
The increasing demand for locally grown crops is not limited to Dublin, a fact which led the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, last month, to inaugurate Tillage Week, which aimed at impressing on farmers around the country the urgency of the need to produce more food at home.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]