HC Deb 19 February 1868 vol 190 c982

Order for Third Reading read.

Motion made and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the third time."


said, that the statement he made on the previous evening in reference to the case of the prisoner Matthew Lynch, who died in Mountjoy prison, was founded upon the information of a citizen of Dublin who had sent him a copy of the Freeman's Journal containing a communication on the subject. He hoped that the case would receive proper attention, and that the Government would place on the table of the House the notes of the Coroner, and also the report of Mr. Macfarlane, the Government Inspector of prisons, who was present at the inquest. He begged to explain that he had no charge to make against the Government in reference to the matter; and that his object in calling the attention of the Chief Secretary for Ireland—than whom there could not be a more humane and honourable man—to it, was that no sanction should be given to negligence or cruelty to a prisoner on the part of a Government officer.


said, his noble Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland, who was absent from the House, had already written to Dublin on the subject; all the information he possessed in regard to it being that obtained from the newspapers; and, no doubt, when he received a reply, he would communicate with the hon. Gentleman.

Motion agreed to; Bill read the third time, and passed.