HC Deb 09 September 1886 vol 308 c1724

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to the occurrence last week at the Kingstown "Bird's Nest," in connection with the four children of the Army pensioner M'Greil; and, if the Government will take steps to have the child who is still detained restored to his mother?

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IEELAND (MR. HOLMES) () (who replied) said Dublin University

I have read an account of the occurrence last week at the institution called the Kingstown "Bird's Nest" referred to in the Question of the hon. Baronet. I am informed that the child mentioned, with the other children, was placed in the institution by his father in June last; and, under such circumstances, the Government have no power to interfere as to his custody.