HC Deb 20 February 1908 vol 184 cc996-7
MR. O'SHEE (Waterford, W.)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that Michael Flannagan, ex-colour sergeant of the 17th Lancers who worked as a moulder in England from 1891 to 18th May, 1907, for the two years, 1898–1900, when he worked in Ireland, has been deported from the West Derby Union, Liverpool, to Lismore Union, where he arrived on the 6th instant; by whose direction has the deportation been carried out, and under what circumstances; is he aware that Michael Flannagan had been admitted to the Sheffield Union hospital in May, 1907, suffering from the effects of an accident which occurred to him while working at his trade as moulder; and will he say why he was removed from that hospital to the West Derby Union.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I have made inquiry as to this case. I understand that Flannagan was removed to the Lismore Union by order of justices for the city of Liverpool on the complaint of the guardians of the West Derby Union. I am informed that he had been admitted to the workhouse of that union on the 30th August last from the vagrant wards, that he left on 12th September, and returned through the vagrant wards on the 8th ultimo. He appears in the meantime to have been tramping about the country. It is stated that he has been moving about England and Scotland for several years, but that his wife and family reside in Cappoquin, county Waterford. I understand that he was not sent to the West Derby Union from Sheffield.