HC Deb 09 March 1883 vol 276 c1896

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been directed to a letter in the "Freeman's Journal" of the 6th March, from which it appears that a wake was allowed to be held for two days and nights on the body of a man named Bartholomew Roe, who died in Saint Andrew's parish, Dublin, of a fever of a very malignant type, leaving a widow and eight young children; that the widow was struck down, and died in a few days; that some of the children have taken the disease, and are now inmates of Cork Street Fever Hospital; and, whether he will cause inquiry to be made, with a view to preventing similar occurrences in future?


Sir, my attention has been drawn to this case, and I have made inquiry on the subject. The facts are substantially as stated. The dispensary medical doctor, who, I am informed, is a newly appointed and inexperienced officer, cautioned the people against the holding of a wake. Further inquiry as to his action in the matter is being made. Active stops have been taken by the local sanitary authority to prevent any further spread of the disease.


asked, whether four other cases of fever had not arisen from this wake, in one of which the person had died?

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