The Irish Relief Measures, Past and Future

Title

The Irish Relief Measures, Past and Future

Description

This book by George Poulett Scrope, a member of Parliament, described Parliament’s response to the potato famine that killed thousands of people in Ireland in the late 1840s.

Scrope argued that the British government mishandled the crisis in Ireland. Throughout his book, he criticized Parliament’s refusal to give substantial aid to the people of Ireland and rejected the argument that offering famine victims “outdoor relief” would make them too dependent on aid from the government. Aid from London, Scrope argued, was insufficient and only benefited “able men” and their families, while excluding the elderly, widowed mothers and single women, and orphaned children.

Scrope created this book so that the mistakes made when handling the potato famine would not repeat themselves and also to express the idea of how even though it was not common for the government to give a substantial amount of aid, it should, however, with its great financial and authority, be able to make a greater effort to ensure that no one starves from an unforeseen or predictable circumstance.

Creator

G. Poulett Scrope

Source

G. Poulett Scrope, The Irish Relief Measures, Past and Future.

Publisher

London: James Ridgeway

Date

1848

Contributor

Caitlyn Fisk

Format

Print

Type

Text

Coverage

1800-1899

Files

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Citation

G. Poulett Scrope , “The Irish Relief Measures, Past and Future,” Disaster History Archive, accessed November 20, 2019, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/74.

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