Rev. Hugh Cullen, C O, Naas, applied to have a girl named Molloy sent to an Industrial School.
Witness, in his deposition, stated that the girl was about eleven years of age and was destitute. The whereabouts of the parents of the child is not known, and the girl lives with her cousin, named Slevin, in Sallina. Witness also stated that if the girl was not sent to an Industrial School she might become a criminal through not being brought up properly.
Sergeant Heary's deposition was similar to that of the previous witness, and added that the cousin did not wish to keep the child any longer.
Mr. de Burgh-- Is James Slavin married?
Chairman (to Christina Molloy)-- Where are you living now? At Sallina, sir.
Chairman-- Do you want to leave your cousin? Yes, sir.
Why do you want to leave your cousin?
No reply was given. .
Sergeant Heary stated that for the last three years the parents of the girl were not heard of.
Mr. de Burgh (to Christina Molloy)-- Don't you know where your mother is? No, sir.
Mrs. Slevin, wife of Christina Molloy's cousin, sworn, stated in reply to Mr. de Burgh. that her husband is in the employment of the Railway Company. The grandmother of the girl died and she took charge of her. She is only married to her cousin; there is no other relation. There is no trace of her mother, and she never received any letters from her. The mother never left any provision for the child.
Chairman-- How many children have you of your own?
Witness-- I have two children of my own.
To Mr. de Burgh-- I have no way to keep the child.
Father Cullen further stated he has no idea who the father is.
Mr. de Burgh-- Mr. Tracy, could you find out whether her mother ever sued anyone as being the father of the child?
Mr. Tracy, C P S,-- I cannot get the evidence today, your worship.
Mr. de Burgh-- It's bad for the rates, and bad for everything else, to send the child to the school if we can find out where the father is. He may be in a good position.
The bench then decided to adjourn the case to next court day pending further inquiries as to the parents. .
Kildare Observer (Naas, County Kildare, Ireland), Saturday, February 25, 1899.