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“There are 1,600 basements in the City of Dublin occupied to-night. I do not suggest that the whole 1,600 are unfit for human habitation but I do say from my knowledge that the larger number are and should be closed up. Life in them and the conditions under which people live in them are beyond description. In the tenements themselves, especially where families are growing up, the situation is very bad. A sheet has to be hung across the room at night to divide the sexes and sometimes the boys have to go out on the lobby while the girls undress. Sometimes the overcrowding is so dreadful that the very smell of the room sickens one. A reporter came to me one day after hearing me make some statement on this subject. He asked me if it was really true and where would he go. I recommended him to go to a certain street on the North side. He went there and he came back next day and told me ‘I got sick’. I asked ‘Do you mean figuratively?’ and he said ‘No, physically sick, and I had to leave.’ ” - Mr. Dillon

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Dáil Éireann. Committee on Finance.


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Dáil Éireann - Volume 61 - 23 April, 1936


Local Government, Public Health

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Dáil Éireann - Volume 61 - 23 April, 1936 Committee on Finance. - Vote 41—Local Government and Public Health (Resumed),