HC Deb 12 April 1883 vol 278 cc74-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he will state the result of the inquiry on the 4th instant by Dr. Bourke, Local Government Board Inspector, regarding the industrial teaching of the pauper children in the Mountmellick Workhouse?


Sir, the result of the inquiry is, that the Local Government Board have consented to the appointment of one of the two women whose selection as teachers was originally objected to. In the case of the other, the Inspector's Report has not enabled the Board to alter their previous decision, as the woman has three children, who it is proposed should remain as paupers in the workhouse. The Board considered that it would be detrimental to the good order and discipline of a workhouse, if the children of its officers resided in the house as pauper inmates.


asked, whether the right hop. Gentleman was not aware that the Board of Guardians found it practically impossible to find any other person to give the children industrial teaching?


Sir, it was for that reason that the appointment of one of the two women was sanctioned.