HC Deb 24 April 1883 vol 278 cc1052-3

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to a letter in the "Evening Mail" of the 12th instant, from which it appears that a larger number of persons caught typhus fever, in consequence of the outbreak in Jones's Court, Dublin, than was at first supposed; whether he will inquire into the truth of the allegation that the two ladies, proprietors of the place, caught the infection from going there, and died, and that their sister, who brought some of their belongings to her own home, also took it and died; and, whether he will cause a full inquiry to be made into the circumstances by a Local Government Inspector?


I have seen the letter referred to. I had previously been aware of the allegation that the ladies who were proprietors of the tenements where the fever broke out, caught the disease by going there and died of it. But it was reported to me, upon the authority of the doctor who attended them in their last illness, that they died of pulmonary complaints. However, as the allegation is repeated, it and the several other statements in the letter to which the hon. Member has drawn attention are being further inquired into by a Medical Inspector of the Local Government Board. If the result is to show any ground to alter the opinion arrived at after the former inquiry— namely, that the disease was spread mainly by reason of concealment on the part of the families first affected, and not in consequence of the wake—I shall not hesitate to say so, and to state whether, in my opinion, there is ground for censuring any public official.