§ MR. DONAL SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, on or about the 16th of March, Mrs. Jane Carroll, or Mrs. Jane M'Kinlay, and her four children, the eldest being nine years old and the youngest two years, were, under a warrant signed by Alexander Osborne, J.P. and Archibald Allan, J.P. of the county Lanark, Scotland, removed from Glasgow to Athlone, and are now chargeable to Athlone Union; whether Mrs. Jane Carroll, or M'Kinlay had only a four months' residence during her infancy in Ireland, having lived all her life in Great Britain; whether, as this woman married an English soldier, who has deserted her, he will suggest to the Secretary of State for War to provide for herself and her children, rather than allow them to be a burden on the local rates in Ireland; and, whether there is any legal means of preventing such deportation; and, if not, whether Her Majesty's Government will take into consideration the expediency of bringing in a Bill to amend the Law relating to the deportation of paupers from Great Britain to Ireland?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
, in reply, said, that the statements in the Question were a correct representation of the facts. He had no hesitation in saying that it was very hard indeed that the ratepayers of the Athlone Union should have to support this woman and her family under the circumstances described. As to the removal of paupers from England and Scotland to Ireland, the system was, in the opinion of the Irish Local Government Board, extremely unsatisfactory, and had been condemned by a Royal Commission.