HC Deb 01 December 1884 vol 294 cc350-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a statement made at the Waterford Board of Guardians by the Deputy Vice Chairman and Mayor of Water-ford, that a female child named Walsh, aged fourteen years, having been hired as a servant by a woman named Reddy, was suddenly discharged by her mistress, and turned out of the house on the road during the night time; and, whether that statement is true; and, if so, whether any steps have been taken to bring the woman Reddy to justice?


No, Sir; I am informed that the facts are not as stated. The girl Walsh was placed at service with Mrs. Reddy by the Guardians of the Union. Her mistress, finding after several weeks' trial that she would not suit her, paid her her wages due, and proposed to take her back to the workhouse. The girl refused to re-enter the workhouse, and said she would go to her sister, who lived in the town. This she did, leaving her employer's house at 11 o'clock in the morning.