HC Deb 03 August 1898 vol 15 cc1180-1
MR. GILHOOLY (Cork Co., W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Dr. O'Driscoll, Medical Officer of Health to the Goleen Dispensary District, has applied for the position of medical attendant to the Goleen, Crookhaven, and Dunmanus Police Barracks, which are situate within his dispensary district; and whether his applications have been favourably received by the Police Authorities; and, if not, why not?


The Inspector General of Constabulary informs me that Dr. O'Driscoll did make the application referred to. The attendance on the police at Crookhaven and Dunmanus stations was given to the medical gentlemen residing nearest to these stations. The Inspector General felt himself unable to accede to the application of the gentleman named in the question, and it would not be consistent with precedent to call upon him to state his reasons for taking a course which is entirely within his own discretion.


Is it not usual for the dispensary doctor to have also to attend the Constabulary barracks within his dispensary district?


I cannot say whether it is usual or not. But I do not think that usage would deprive the Inspector General of his right to use his own discretion in particular cases.