Armagh.—Overcrowding is here, as in many of the Irish asylums, a very pressing evil. There were, at the end of the year, 506 patients in accommodation suitable for 310 by day and 434 by night. It is interesting to watch how the new authorities—the County Councils—are facing the responsibilities cast on them. In this case, apparently, no steps were being taken to provide the extra accommodation pressed for in the preceding report of the Inspector, who now gives the County Council straight notice that unless action is taken the Board will report to the Lord Lieutenant that sufficient accommodation is not being provided and maintained. One penalty will be the loss of the 4s. grant, the payment of which can only be made on the fulfilment of the condition precedent that accommodation is so provided. The Inspector trusts that the Committee will reconsider their determination to withhold the small allowance made to those attendants who hold the Association's certificate of proficiency.
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