HC Deb 01 July 1880 vol 253 cc1260-1

said, that a Question had been placed on the Paper which had not been asked him. It was to ask him— Whether the Local Government Board will order a public inquiry into the alleged death from starvation of Mrs. Toolan, of Doon, in the Boyle Union, County Roscommon; whether it is true that only twenty-two families have received out-door relief in the Boyle Union, although it embraces seven parishes, and that in one of them, the parish of Boyle, seven hundred families are receiving relief from a local committee; and, whether a sworn investigation will be ordered into the manner in which the Boyle Board of Guardians and their relieving officers have performed their duties to the destitute poor during the existing distress, in view of charges of neglect made publicly against them? He had made inquiry, and had seen a letter from the husband of the poor woman, written to the Board of Guardians, describing the report as slanderous, false, and malicious. The husband said he had plenty of Provisons in his house, and that his deceased wife had a good, bed and proper nursing. With reference to other parts of the Question, he had to say that it was not true that in Boyle Union only 22 families were in receipt of out-door relief; 622 persons were in receipt of out-door relief, and about 700 persons were receiving relief from a local Committee.

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