HC Deb 30 April 1885 vol 297 c1106

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Is it true that the residents in the neighbourhood of the Criminal Lunatic Asylum near Dublin lately memoralised the Government on the subject of the escape of patients, stating that they were afraid to live in the locality in consequence; whether a considerable force of constabulary has consequently been placed on duty there day and night; whether escapes have multiplied under the present management; and, whether he will lay the report of the inquiry held into the matter in January last upon the Table?


There has no such remonstrance been received from the residents in the neighbourhood of the Asylum. Constabulary have been employed to guard the Asylum during certain structural alterations, with the view of securing the safe custody of the inmates. Some escapes, unfortunately, occurred before the police were sent; but none have happened since. A Departmental Committee has recently made a Report on the Asylum; but Reports of this character are always regarded as confidential.