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The Sligo District Lunatic Asylum

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At the monthly meeting of the Committee of Management of this asylum, as reported in the Sligo Independent of February 21st, we find the opinion expressed by one of the members of that body that “the attendants were perfectly right to use a certain amount of violence in order to keep proper discipline amongst the inmates.” This expression of opinion arose on a discussion on a sworn inquiry, held by a Lunacy Inspector, as to the alleged ill-treatment of an inmate by two attendants. The Inspector stated that the patients “gave evidence under evident fear of the consequences their action might entail.” A letter was read from a number of attendants denying any terrorism, and this was apparently accepted as disproving the Inspector's statement. The Inspector having admitted that the two accused attendants could not, on the evidence obtained, beconvicted in a court of law, the Committee, after declining the invitation of their chairman to ask the opinion of the Medical Superintendent, exonerated the two attendants from all blame.

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