HC Deb 18 February 1886 vol 302 c589

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he has observed, from the last Report of the Prisons Board, that the only prison in which suicide occurred in the year 1884–5 was Galway Gaol; and that there, within twelve weeks, three prisoners committed suicide by hanging; and, whether any special investigation was made into the circumstances of the prison, or the treatment of the prisoners therein?


The three cases of suicide referred to by the hon. Gentleman were investigated by Coroner's inquests; and the jury decided in each case that no blame attached to any of the prison officials. In one case a special inquiry was held by a member of the Board, who came to a like conclusion. The prison was visited three times last year by Dr. MacCabe, Medical Officer of the Board; and he certifies that the treatment of the prisoners there is humane and considerate.