Election of Guardians

Ireland was divided into 130 Unions and over 2,000 Electoral Divisions.

The Board of Guardians in each Union was made up of two types of members - Ex-officio Guardians and Elected Guardians.

Ex-officio Guardians were chosen from among magistrates themselves. Other Guardians were elected by the people on the electoral roll.

Elected Guardians and Ex-officio Guardians served in a proportion of three to one. Women were excluded from office, as were the clergy.

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