HC Deb 23 May 1879 vol 246 cc1139-40

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether he is as yet in a position to state what course he intends to pursue with regard to the Circular lately issued by the Irish Prisons Board, dismissing the infirmary surgeons from their positions as prison surgeons?


Sir, as I said the other night, the Circular referred to was not intended to indicate that it is the intention of the Government to remove the surgeons with a view to appointing fresh persons in their places. It was issued merely with the object of making fresh appointments, and the intention certainly was to appoint to the now offices those who held the former ones. As, however, some difficulties of a legal character were found to exist, the matter has been referred to the Law Officers.