| The Chairman stated the object of the meeting.
Mr. R. Barnett BarryI propose John A. Braddell as a fit and proper person to act as Town Commissioner for the Town and Borough of Mallow, under the 9th Geo., 4th, chap. 82.
Mr. John BourkeI second that.
Mr. BarryI also propose John Bourke.
Mr. Charles Haines, Sen.I second that.
Mr. BourkeI have made up my mind not to act ; I therefore beg to resign.
Mr. Barry then proposed severally, and Mr. Bourke seconded the nominations of Charles Haines, sen., William Brady, Edward Farmer, Richard H. Bolster, R. Winn, William B. Williams.
Mr. BourkeI propose Richard Barnett Barry as a fit and proper person.
Mr. Charles Haines, sen.I second that.
Mr. Barry next proposed, and Mr. Bourke seconded, the following :William O'Callaghan, John Ahern, Timothy Collins, Michael Ahern, Edward O'Connor, Patrick Corbett, James Roche, John Cronin, Philip Barry, M.D., John Fitzgerald, Owen Madden, J.P., Daniel Linehan, J.P., Richard Barrett, J.P.
Mr. W. B. WilliamsI propose Hercules Jones as a fit and proper person.
Mr. Timothy CantyI second that.
Mr. WilliamsI also propose Timothy Canty.
Mr. John AhernI second that.
Messrs. William Fitzmaurice, John Greany, Peter Sheehan, Jeremiah Dorney, T. W. Haines, Patrick Daly, Pierce Nagle, and Richard Batterberry, were proposed and seconded.
Mr. George Giles called for the minute book of proceedings, which having been produced, he asked the Clerk to read a resolution which was proposed about making a pathway from Rathview to Fairlane, a job got up by the Commissioners who owned that place.
The Clerk then read the following from the minute book.
Proposed by Mr. Timothy Collins and seconded by Mr. John AhernResolved that a pathway be made from Rathview gate to Richard Hallaran's house, at the corner of Fair lane (loud shouts of disapprobation).
Mr. GilesCan you tell us, sir, who voted for that job?
The ClerkI cannot ; the names are not entered, but it was lost by 8 to 3.
Mr. BolsterLet us ask each Commissioner, of those who were present, if he voted for it.
The following gentlemen were then asked how they votedThose against it were R. B. Barry, W. B. Williams, C. Haines, P. Corbett, W. Brady, J. Bourke, J. Fitzgerald, and J. Roche8.
For itTimothy Collins, John Ahern, and Timothy Canty (groans).
Mr. Williams addressed the rate-payers, and gave an account of his conduct since his election. He read the following from a printed paper which he held in his hand At a meeting of the Town Commissioners held on Monday, 4th Nov., 1844, Mr. T. Collins in the chair, Wm. B. Williams proposed, and R. B. Barry seconded, the following resolution, with a view, to allow the poor people the privilege of collecting the manure of the town, a privilege enjoyed from time immemorial ResolvedThat the contracts for sweeping the streets, lanes, &c., be discontinued, and that the poor people be allowed to sweep them, as usual having no employment.
For the ResolutionW. B. Williams, R. B. Barry.
Against itJames Jones, John Ahern, Patrick Corbett, Charles Haines, Richard Winn, James Gallaher, Edward Farmer.
Mr. A. ClancySome of the Commissioners are contractors for cleaning the streets ; they are the scavengers (oh! oh!)
A vote of confidence was unanimously passed by the Rate-payers to 17 of the old Commissionersand a vote of want of confidence in John Ahern, Timothy Collins, Michael Ahern, and Timothy Canty.
Mr. Edward SullivanI think we might endeavour to arrange this matter without going to the expense and trouble of a contest (hear, hear). Let us select four others in place of those in whom the Rate-payers have not confidence.
| Mr. R. B. BarryBut they won't resign.
Mr. E. SullivanWell, let ten Rate-payers demand a poll for them, if they wish.
The Chairman then read out the following list of names as the newly elected Commissioners, no person having demanded a poll for the others ; seven withdrew their names.
John A. Braddell, Charles Haines, sen., William Brady, Edward Farmer, Richard Winn, R. B. Barry, R. H. Bolster, W. B. Williams, Wm. O'Callaghan, Edward O'Connor, James Roche, John Fitzgerald, Patrick Corbett, J. Cronin, Owen Madden, J.P., Dr. Linehan, J.P., Philip Barry, M.D., R. Barrett, J.P., W. Fitzmaurice, J. Greany, and Hercules Jones21 (loud cheers).
Mr. R. B. Barry then came forward, and was received with loud cheers. He saidFellow Townsmen, as this is the time for your representatives at the Board of Commissioners to give an account of their stewardship, I am here for that purpose (cheers). I can, thank God, come before you, place my hand upon my heartand say, here is a clear conscience (loud cheers)one untainted by a single bad vote, and unsullied by contact with any job (great cheering). If there be one rate payer in this court house who is dissatisfied with my conduct, I shall on the instant retire from the Board (loud cries of no, and cheers). I have no ambition to gratifyyou have twice elected me to the office of Poor Law Guardian, and twice to that of Town Commissioner. In fact, I never suffered defeat at your hands in any contest(cheers). You have reposed this confidence in me for my humble service in the public cause (hear) ; and no matter in what position of life I may be placed, I shall ever recollect, with the liveliest gratitude, your generous support (cheers). I shall ever make it my proudest boast that I enjoyed your confidence ; and if the name of the humblest tradesman in Mallow, whose character is worthy of defence be attacked in my presence, no one shall do so with impunity (loud cheers). There are some paltry fellows amongst us, who, when lately in Dublin, endeavoured to lessen me in the eyes of my friends, by stating that I was made a law student on account of my exertions in the cause of my countrybut I despise the cowardly slanderers more than the slander itselfthey belong to a class between the aristocracy and the shopocracyfellows who are aping after the one, while they are ashamed of the other (cheering). I have not been made a law student by any such means, and when with the blessing of Almighty God, I shall attain my profession, I can look back with proud consciousness on my past life, and defy any man to fasten upon me one dishonourable act (loud cheers). For my slanderers I entertain the most boundless contempt ; they are fellows who stab in the dark, but smile in your face by day(cheers). I prefer the open hostility of such to their hypocritical and dangerous acquaintance (great cheers). As I said before, I have no ambition to gratify, and having witnessed the unwearied exertions of Mr. John Bourke, as Town Commissioner, who was twice our chairman, I call on you to induce him to serve you in my place (cries of we must have both; but Mr. Bourke refused all entreaties to serve) I have now only to thank you for your renewed mark of confidence. Mr. Barry resumed his seat amid loud applause.
Mr. Barry again rose and moved that Mr. John O'Connor do now leave the chair, and that Mr. Charles Haines, sen., be called thereto.
Mr. BarryYou are aware that our excellent chairman cannot by law be re-elected to-day ; and it is now my pleasing duty to move a vote of thanks to him ; he was for two years our chairman. I will not obtrude my own private feelings on the meeting, but will speak of him solely in his official capacity, and if zeal for the interest of the town, honourable, upright conduct, gentlemanly demeanour, and courteousness to all, deserve your approbation, then you will carry by acclamation a vote of thanks to Mr. O'Connor.
Carried by loud acclamation.
Mr. O'ConnorGentlemen, I have only to return my sincere thanks to my friend Mr. Barry, for the exceedingly kind terms in which he has mentioned my name, and to you for the very flattering manner in which it was received (cheers).
The meeting then separated. [see also 13 July 1846]