Papers of Glenties Rural District Council

Repository: Donegal County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of Glenties Rural District Council
Archive ReferenceIE DON RDC 4
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium30 items


Creator(s): Glenties Rural District Council

  • Administrative History ↴

    Rural District Councils were established under the 1898 Local Government (Ireland) Act and took over many of the functions of the Boards of Guardians. 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 archives of Glenties Rural District Council were held at the Courthouse in Lifford until the establishment of Donegal County Archives in 1999.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Glenties Rural District Council ↴

    Minutes of the meetings of Glenties Rural District Council, 1899 – 1925 (RDC/4/1/1 – RDC/4/1/15) . 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; Register of Mortgages, 1908 – 1914 (RDC/4/2/1), outlining the parties involved (for example, Glenties RDC and Irish Land Commission); the purpose for which mortgage was given (e.g., ‘labourers’ cottage scheme 1′; ‘Ardara waterworks’ etc), the amount secured by mortgage, dates when instalments were received, the amount of each instalment so received, mode of repayment, and observations. Also included is a National Benefits Committee register, 1922 – 1923 (RDC/4/2/3) giving the minutes of the committee set up to adminster outdoor relief and to administer the ‘Pauper Children and Infant Life Protection Acts.’

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection has been arranged in the following order: minutes of meetings, other material.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Full access.
Conditions Governing ReproductionBound volumes cannot be photocopied. Digitisation of extracts permitted in certain circumstances.
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium30 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqBound volumes must be handled with care.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationHeld at Donegal County Archives.
Copies InformationNot copied.
Related MaterialRDC/3 Dunfanaghy Rural District Council BG/92 Glenties Poor Law Union

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNiamh Brennan
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions36434