HC Deb 30 January 1902 vol 101 cc1336-7
MR. GILLHOOLY (Cork County, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, at a Petty Sessions Court recently held at Bantry, Co. Cork, the magistrates refused to commit a boy named Healy to an industrial school, until a police constable, after enquiry, made an information, and that all the magistrates present considered, on the evidence before them, that Healy was a fit subject for committal, but that the resident magistrates stated that, owing to the circular issued by the Lord Lieutenant and not withdrawn, a postponement was necessary. Whether, seeing that pending the inquiries Healy absconded from the house of a relative and is now a vagrant, he will, pursuant to his promise of 7th May, 1901, facilitate the committal of children to industrial schools.


This case came before the magistrates for the first time on the 9th December, when the resident magistrate very properly observed that as there was no evidence in support of the application to commit the boy the case should be adjourned to enable the police to obtain evidence. On the 20th January, the boy was brought before the Court and duly committed to an industrial school upon the evidence of the police.


I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that he is entirely misinformed as to the facts of this case.


Order, order!