HC Deb 21 August 1894 vol 29 c164

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether it is the fact that the two girls, Annie Desmond and Kathleen O'Donovan, inmates of the quarters in Birr lately raided by a masked party, have since been dismissed their situations at the instance of persons under the control of the War Office; and, if so, seeing such action was taken before the affair was finally disposed of before the Courts, would he have any objection to state whether such dismissal implies any reflection upon the girls' conduct and character?


The General Officer Commanding the district being of opinion that the retention by an unmarried officer of young female servants in barracks was not desirable, ordered Surgeon-Major Fox to discharge them. This order involved no slur whatever on the character of the servants, who were permitted to remain several days in barracks after the issue of the order, to enable them to make arrangements for their departure.

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