Rural District Councils were established under the 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act. In Donegal, there were ten rural district councils, Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glenties, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, Strabane No. 2, Stranorlar, Londonderry No. 2.
The functions of the RDC's included responsibility for housing, water and sewerage and roads. RDC's were abolished in 1925 and their functions merged into the County Council and newly established Donegal Board of Health and Public Assistance.
Archival History ↴
The surviving records of the Donegal Rural District Council were held at the workhouse in Donegal town and all records prior to 1914 were destroyed in a fire at the workhouse that year.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Donegal Rural District Council ↴
Minutes of the meetings of Donegal Rural District Council. The minutes are generally indexed by function and names. Includes minutes of the meetings held under the Public Health Acts as the Rural District Council acted as the Public Sanitary Authority. The minutes record decisions taken by the Council with regard to their responsibilities in the areas of water supply, public nuisances, dwellings, sanitary inspections, contagious diseases, sewerage; as well as the building and rent of cottages for farm labourers under the labourers acts; the building and repair of roads, bridges and fences. Included are the minutes of Financial Committees, including statements of receipts, usually monthly, accounts, salaries, expenditure, etc. Minutes also include decisions taken on matters such as motions from other local authorities, school attendance, rates, burial boards, malicious injuries claims, and liaisons with the Congested Districts Boards.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
No further accruals expected.
The collection is arranged by date order of minute books.
Conditions of Access & Use
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Bound volumes cannot be photocopied. Digitisation of extracts permitted in certain circumstances.
Material Language Script
Characteristics Tech Req
Bound volumes are delicate and must be handled with care.
BG/75 Donegal Board of Guardians
RDC/1 Ballyshannon Rural District Council
Descriptive Control Area
ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
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