HC Deb 18 March 1867 vol 186 cc4-5

said, he wished to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether, in consequence of the instructions given by him on the 16th of February to the Crown Solicitor, in which he advised that a communication should be made to the Colonel of the regiment to have the soldiers who were at Dungarvan, on the occasion when the two men O'Brien and Keily lost their lives, paraded for the purpose of identification; whether any such demand has been made by the Crown Solicitor, and what has been the reply of the Colonel of the regiment? He also wished to ask, whether he has any objection to lay upon the table of the House the Reports taken for the Government by the shorthand writer employed for that purpose, of the proceedings at the inquests held at Dungarvan on the bodies of William O'Brien and Bartholomew Keily?


said, in the absence of his right hon. and learned Friend, he had to state that the terms of the minute of the Attorney General in reference to the subject of the hon. Member's first Question were to the effect that if any trustworthy person came forward or could be found who could identify the soldiers who caused the death of these men, a communication should be laid before the commanding officer of the regiment. No such person had come forward, or could be found. He was also in a position to state that if any such evidence could be procured the commanding officer of the regiment would afford every facility for the identification of the men. With regard to the hon. Member's second Question, he had to say that the Reports taken for the Government by the shorthand writer were in the nature of private Reports, and it would not be convenient to lay them on the table of the House.


said, he would give notice that on an early day he would move for the production of those Reports.