HC Deb 22 March 1886 vol 303 cc1492-3

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Her Majesty's Government is aware of the fact, that a man named John Foran, of the parish of Galley, county Kerry, has been boycotted for a long time past, and was unable to procure a coffin last month, in either the town of Listowel or Ballylongford for his wife's remains, and had it not been for the humanity of Mr. Sandes of Sallowglen, who got his own carpenter to make him one, the body would have had to be buried without a coffin; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will take immediate steps to enable Her Majesty's subjects to provide the means of decent interment for deceased members of their family?


I would ask the right hon. Gentleman whether this was not a purely local matter; whether Foran was convicted of fraud; and whether he was not generally odious in the locality?


I am afraid I cannot say what was Foran's popularity in his own district. It appears that he has been more or less "Boycotted" for some time past. He was at one time under personal police protection, but this was withdrawn at his own request in February, 1885. The allegation with respect to the coffin is, I am informed, unfounded. It is quite true the coffin was supplied by Mr. Sandes's carpenter, who was the first person to whom Foran applied, and he was not refused one at Listowel, Ballylongford, or any other place.