HC Deb 14 December 1888 vol 332 cc229-30

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the attention of the Local Government Board, Ireland, has been called to the proceedings at the meeting of the Belfast Board of Guardians on December 4, at which Dr. Carrey, a Guardian, brought under the notice of the Board the fact that the dead body of a Roman Catholic pauper inmate named Thomas Gaskin had been found by two other inmates in a trough four feet deep filled with water, at a distance of 200 yards from deceased's dormitory, at 3 a.m. on November 28; whether the master of the workhouse made any Report of this alleged occurrence to the Guardians at the next meeting following the finding of the body; whether it is true that the body has been removed to the dissecting room of the Belfast Queen's College; and, if so, by whose authority was it removed, and when and where was it interred; and, whether an inquest has yet been held in this case; and, if not, is it intended to hold one?

THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN)(who replied) said (Dublin University)

The attention of the Local Government Board has been called to the matter mentioned. The deceased had found it necessary to go out to the yard during the night. His body was shortly afterwards found in the trough; but the trough is only some 18 inches deep, containing, as a rule, about 5 inches of water, and is situate about 30 yards from the ward which was occupied by the deceased. The medical officers saw the body immediately, and certified that death was due to cardiac failure. The master reported the occurrence at once to the police, who communicated with the Coroner. The Coroner, however, after inquiry, considered an inquest unnecessary under the circumstances. The master made no Report to the Guardians. The body does not appear to have been removed to the dissecting room of the Belfast Queen's College, but to have been taken by a friend of the deceased's and interred in the borough cemetery. The master was not bound to make a Report as to the death to the Guardians.