British Gov Response to The Famine - Coggle Diagram
British Gov Response to The Famine
Imported Indian Corn / Maize into Ireland from the USA
Imported by British PM Sir Robert Peel in 1845.
- Very difficult to cook with.
Enough to feed 1m.
Only partly successful - Couldnt feed everyone.
Public Works Schemes
Poor people could earn money building roads & piers.
Roads were often built to nowhere and left unfinished.
A religious group -
- opened Soup Kitchens to help feed the people of Ireland.
The British Gov expanded the Soup Kitchens - 1847 -
(The Soup Kitchen Act)
British Gov closed Soup Kitchens in Sept 1847
Fed 3 million people each day
Laissez - Faire
Didn't want to interfere in the Irish economy.
Believed that handouts & charity made people lazy.
The Irish people and the Landlords had to improve the situation for themselves.
"Irish Property should pay for Irish Poverty"
New British PM 1846 - Lord John Russell
Stopped importing Indian Corn
Originally set up in 1838
Very bad conditions - Disease, sickness, crime. Not safe
Families were split up - Only the poorest went to the workhouse.
By 1849 - 250,000 in workhouses.