HC Deb 26 June 1916 vol 83 c542

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland why no inquest was held into the death of the late head constable Rowe, of Fermoy; why the Lord Lieutenant has not yet acceded to the request of Cork County Council for the exhumation of the body and a post-mortem examination by duly qualified medical practitioners, for which the council was willing to pay; and, seeing that this delay of the Government may result in defeating justice, whether the Government accept responsibility for dealing with the claim for £2,500 made against the council in connection with this death?


In view of the clear and notorious circumstances under which the late head constable met his death, the holding of an inquest in his case would have served no useful purpose. The claim for compensation referred to in the question of the hon. Member was decided against by the Recorder of Cork upon the ground that the case upon the facts did not come within the terms of the Statute authorising compensation.