|Title||Papers of Inishowen Rural District Council|
|Archive Reference||IE DON RDC 5|
|Web Link to this Entry||https://iar.ie/archive/papers-inishowen-rural-district-council|
|Extent Medium||19 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.
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 Reproduction||Photocopying of bound volumes not permitted. Digitisation permitted under certain circumstances.|
|Extent Medium||19 items|
|Material Language Script||English|
|Characteristics Tech Req||Bound volumes, care requited to protect spines, some of which are damaged.|
|Finding Aids||Descriptive list Archive Web Link →|
|Originals Information||Held at Donegal County Archives.|
|Copies Information||Not copied.|
|Related Material||BG/97 Inishowen Board of Guardians.|
Descriptive Control Area
|Archivist Note||Niamh Brennan|
|Rules/Conventions||ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.|
|Date of Descriptions||36465|