HC Deb 13 May 1901 vol 93 c1470
*MR. DELANY (Queen's Co., Ossory)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that three boys, named Mulligan, committed to Letterfrack Industrial School by magistrates' order between the 1st October, 1898, and January, 1900, were discharged upon the order of his predecessor after they had been three weeks in the institution, and that these children's mother is dead, and that their father is in a lunatic asylum; and will he state the grounds upon which their discharge was ordered, and what has become of them.


The children were discharged on the ground that the committal orders were unlawful. I understand they are now living with then grandfather, the applicant for their committal, and that the father of the children is not, and has not been, in a lunatic asylum.


On what ground was the decision based?


We obtained the opinion of the law officers of the Crown.


Does the right hon. Gentleman maintain, or do the Castle authorities claim, the right to reverse the decisions of the justices?


reply was inaudible.