HC Deb 04 September 1895 vol 36 cc1689-90
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Cavan, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) whether his attention has been called to the death from hydrophobia, at Hyde, of a young man named Haywam, who had been previously treated for that disease at the Paris Pasteur Institute; (2) whether he is aware that Philip M'Govern, of Glan, county Cavan, claims to possess a specific herbal remedy for the treatment of this disease, which has resulted in the cure of thousands of cases since the days of King Charles I.; and (3) whether, having regard to the necessity of doing something to cope with the increase of rabies, the Government will cause an inquiry to be made into the efficacy of this remedy, with a view to its adoption and use in some central hospital in Dublin or elsewhere?


My attention has not been called to the unfortunate occurence mentioned in the first part of the question, nor am I aware of the remedy for hydrophobia which Mr. M'Govern, of Glan, claims to possess. In answer to the third part of the question, I am afraid that I must observe the natural caution and reserve which, to judge from the statement in the hon. Member's question, has been adopted by the Lords Lieutenant of Ireland since the days of Charles I. [Laughter.]