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Direct Labour Scheme Adopted by Limerick County Council

Limerick, Ireland – In a significant development, Limerick County Council has officially embraced a new direct labour scheme for road maintenance spanning the years 1912 to 1915. The decision, taken during a council session held on Saturday, aimed at enhancing the efficiency and accountability in the maintenance of the county’s roads.

Under the new scheme, a crucial amendment has been introduced, stipulating that the Chief Surveyor, as in the past, will remain accountable to the County Surveyor for the effective upkeep of the roads. This includes overseeing the supply and measurement processes, ensuring the proper application of resources, and maintaining the overall integrity of the road infrastructure.

Dr Hennessy proposed a notable addition to the scheme, suggesting that each worker involved in the project maintain a daily diary. This diary would serve as a detailed record, capturing the particulars of their work on a day-to-day basis. The suggestion was welcomed by the council to monitor and evaluate the progress of the direct labour initiative.

During the discussions, Mr O’Shaughnessy recommended that each foreman should work closely with their respective teams. This collabourative approach is expected to foster a more effective and coordinated implementation of the scheme. The council unanimously approved this direction, emphasizing the importance of direct supervision to ensure the success of the initiative.

Practical aspects of the scheme were also addressed, with specific working hours and conditions established. Workers are set to begin their duties from 1st April to 1st November, starting at 7 o’clock in the morning. During the remaining months, the working hours will shift to a 9-to-5 schedule. A one-hour break will be allowed for lunch. The wages for a surface man, a key position in the scheme, have been fixed at 2 shillings and 4 pence per day. Additionally, a surety will be required from each worker as a guarantee of their fidelity to the project.

This comprehensive approach to road maintenance is expected to improve the condition of the roads and provide employment opportunities for the local workforce. The adoption of a direct labour scheme reflects the commitment of Limerick County Council to the sustainable development of the region’s infrastructure.

The direct labour scheme marks a proactive step by Limerick County Council to address the infrastructure needs of the county while simultaneously engaging the local workforce in meaningful employment opportunities. The success of this initiative will likely have far-reaching effects on the region’s development and prosperity.

Freeman’s Journal – Monday 01 April 1912

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