A comprehensive investigation, ordered by the Lord-Lieutenant, is currently underway to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the illness of Mr Timothy Flanagan, J.P., Chairman of the Corotin District Council. Flanagan reportedly contracted typhoid fever while incarcerated at Limerick Gaol and subsequently developed lunacy upon transfer to the county infirmary. Mr C. McDermott, Inspector of Prisons, led the inquiry, which remains inconclusive as of yet.
Sir Acheson McCullagh, Medical Inspector of the Local Government Board, suggested that the typhoid fever may have originated from contaminated water from an external source. Mr Timothy Flanagan J.P., Chairman of the Ennis Urban Council, who shared imprisonment with Mr Flanagan, lodged a complaint about the prison’s substandard food provisions during their first week of incarceration. Furthermore, he revealed that prisoners used water from the stone-breaking yard despite it being explicitly labeled as unfit for consumption.
The ongoing inquiry highlights the potential risks and difficulties faced by inmates in Irish prisons and the apparent lack of proper sanitation and nutrition, prompting an urgent reconsideration of prison conditions. This alarming incident underscores the need for a thorough evaluation of the factors contributing to Mr Flanagan’s illness in order to prevent future occurrences and protect the well-being of inmates within the prison system.
Manchester Courier – Tuesday 18 November 1902