Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

15 November 1870  


At the monthly meeting of the Commissioners of the town of Lurgan, held in the Town Hall on Monday.

Mr. Heron, who had lately been elected Chairman in the place of Mr. Hancock, whose term of office had expired, said that before proceeding further, he would like to resign as Chairman in favour of Mr. Hancock, who had so ably and with such satisfaction discharged for a long period the duties of that office, to which he had devoted so much time and in which he had always give so much satisfaction. On the motion of Dr. Shaw, seconded by Mr. Macoun, Mr. Hancock was unanimously re-elected Chairman.

Mr. Hancock returned thanks for the honour again referred upon him. He said the business of the town was improving and with the intelligent class of Commissioners returned, he hoped they would get along well in the future as they had done hitherto.

A letter was then read from Mr. John B Bignold, Sub-Inspector of factories, Dublin, enquiring what steps if any the Commissioners had taken to carry out the provisions of the Workshops Regulation Act of 1868. This act it seems is an amendment to the Factories Act and is intended to apply where Women and Children are employed in places which are not covered by the Factories Act, such as Warehouses and Workshops etc.

The Commissioners had not taken any steps to carry out the act and most of those present were not inclined to take any notice of it. But, as it appeared that the provisions of the act left them no options, they thought the duties conducted therewith, should be performed by the Town Constable.


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