HC Deb 26 April 1883 vol 278 cc1132-3

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to the murder of John Flanagan by his son Hugh Flanagan, as reported in the "Daily Express" of 19th April; whether it is true that Hugh Flanagan had been in a lunatic asylum in Glasgow and was brought over to Ireland in charge of two warders and placed in a workhouse from which he took his discharge and returned home to his father; and, whether, if the facts are as stated, he will cause a communication to be made to the Scotch Lunacy Board with a view to the prevention of similar unfortunate occurrences in future?


Sir, I have seen the report referred to. It is the case that Hugh Flanagan was in a lunatic asylum in Glasgow, and was brought over to Ireland last December and placed in Ballyshannon workhouse, from which place he was removed by his father on the following day. The Local Government Board will ask to see the warrant of removal from Scotland, and make inquiry as to the circumstances connected with the removal. Until I have the facts fully before me, it is impossible for me to say whether there is any ground upon which I could address the Scotch Lunacy Board on the subject.