HC Deb 22 June 1905 vol 147 cc1360-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the circumstances of the death of Mary Jane M'Kenna, at Fintona, county Tyrone; whether he is aware that the medical officer of health in the district refused to certify that she was fit to be removed from her cabin to the polling booth, and that notwithstanding this refusal the Unionist agents removed her on the day of the county council elections, after freely supplying the woman with wine; whether he is aware that the woman died on the way to the polling station; whether the facts were reported by the police to the coroner; and, if so, whether he can state the grounds on which the coroner decided not to hold inquest.


I am informed that this person, who was a confirmed invalid, persisted in attending to vote of her own accord and contrary to the advice of her medical attendant. The medical officer of health neither refused nor was asked for a certificate. It is not the case that Unionist agents removed the woman from her cabin or freely supplied her with wine. She was given a spoonful of wine as ordered by the doctor. The police did not consider it necessary to report the circumstances of the death to the coroner. The matter does not call for the intervention of the Government.