HC Deb 04 August 1904 vol 139 cc989-90

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the board of guardians of the North Dublin Union have handed over John Morris, aged 13, the son of Protestant parents, to his sister, who is a Roman Catholic, in opposition to the wishes of the boy's father, as expressed in his will, by which he appointed the Rev. Mr. Mease, Rector of Castleknock, guardian of the child and his religion; and that the Rev. Mr. Mease's application to the board of guardians to have the boy handed over to him, in order that he might place him, at his own expense, at the Meath Industrial School, was refused; and, if so, will he state what steps he will take to have the boy handed over to his lawful guardian and to have him brought up a Protestant.


The guardians claim that they were entitled to take the course they took under the 8th Section of the 25 and 26 Vict. c. 83. Whether they were entitled so to do after they had become aware of the claim of the testamentary guardian, Mr. Mease, and his offer to have the boy maintained at his own expense, is a point of law which the Local Government Board or the Executive have no power to decide. Mr. Mease must seek such redress as he may be entitled to in a Court of law.