Papers of Inishowen Rural District Council

Repository: Donegal County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of Inishowen Rural District Council
Archive ReferenceIE DON RDC 5
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium19 items


Creator(s): Inishowen 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 collection was held at the Courthouse, Lifford, until the establishment of Donegal County Archives in 1999.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Inishowen Rural District Council ↴

    Minutes of the meetings of Inishowen 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. (RDC/5/1/1 – RDC/5/1/13).

    The collection also includes executive sanitary officers’ reports from 1911 to 1932, detailing reports by sanitary officers of houses and farms, giving name of owner or occupier where nuisance exists, nature of nuisance (for example ‘open drain in Quay Street, Moville, opposite…. tenement house’; ‘keeps a calf in his dwelling house which should be removed and house limewashed inside’); action taken by Council (for example signed ‘Order that a notice be served to have the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health carried out…’ within a specified time and date) or if referred to specific authorities such as ‘Moville Public Health Committee’; and detailed description of result (for example, ‘House cleaned and limewashed’, ‘calf removed from house’ etc.) (Restricted access to this volume.) (RDC/5/2/1).

    Also included in the collection is a book of estimates for Inishowen RDC. Expenses are broken down into the following: burial grounds; labourers’ acts; sanitary – general and special; salaries and office expenses; superannuation; repayment of loans, intercepting hospital, expenses under special acts, elections, law and other expenses, 1899 – 1910 (RDC/5/2/2).

    Also included in the collection is a Treasurer’s Receipt and Payment Book, giving date of lodgement, name, amount lodged, total and date of payment, 1923 – 1925 (RDC/5/2/3).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged in the following order: minutes of meetings; other material.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Generally full access with one item restricted.
Conditions Governing ReproductionPhotocopying of bound volumes not permitted. Digitisation permitted under certain circumstances.
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium19 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqBound volumes, care requited to protect spines, some of which are damaged.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationHeld at Donegal County Archives.
Copies InformationNot copied.
Related MaterialBG/97 Inishowen Board of Guardians.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNiamh Brennan
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions36465