asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, What number of houses licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquors to be consumed on the premises were in Dublin at the time of the appointment of the present Recorder; how many there are at present; and, what has been the increase in the population of Dublin during that period?
, in reply, said, that he had not been able to obtain exact information on the subject; but he believed that when the present Recorder was appointed, the number of public-houses in Dublin was about 1,400. Since that time they had diminished to about 800, to the great benefit of all parties concerned. The population of Dublin in the year 1831, when the first Census was taken, after the appointment of the Recorder, was 203,000. At the last Census the population was 246,000.