HC Deb 20 February 1883 vol 276 cc401-2

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether any representation has been made to the Military authorities respecting the unsanitary condition of the Royal Barracks in Dublin; whether the complaints made were well founded; and, what steps have been taken to remedy the defects complained of?


Sir, on the 30th of November, 1882, the Lord Lieutenant drew the attention of the War Office to rumours that cases of typhoid fever among the troops in Dublin were attributable to the unsanitary condition of the Royal Barracks. A full inquiry was at once made, and it was found that there had been two cases of typhoid fever at the Royal Barracks. The principal medical officer considered them as part of a general outbreak of typhoid fever in Dublin, rather than the result of any special defect in the Royal Barracks. No positive sanitary defects could be found in the barrack drains; but steps were taken to secure more perfect ventilation.