HC Deb 12 April 1883 vol 278 c59

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been directed to a letter in the "Freeman" of Saturday, from Mrs. Poner Lalor, a lady engaged in relieving the distress in certain portions of Donegal; and, if so, whether the Government are still determined not to relax the Workhouse test?


Yes, Sir. My attention has been called to the letter referred to. It has been, from the moment that it appeared, the subject of special inquiry; and, so far, the results have not been such as would afford any ground for an alteration of the policy adopted by Her Majesty's Government in regard to the relief of distress. My hon and gallant Friend does not quote the letter in his Question, so I will not enter into the information which has been received with regard to the allegations which it contains.