§ MR. M'CARTHY DOWNING
asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether he is in a position to inform the House when it is likely that the prosecutions against the Bishops and priests in Ireland would be held; when it is likely that intimation would be given to the parties concerned that they might prepare for their trial; and, also, where it is proposed the trial shall be held?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. DOWSE)
Intimation will be given to the parties who are to be tried, and every facility will be afforded 868 them for obtaining full information as to the charges which will be brought against them. It is possible, if the parties themselves so wish, that the trial may be held in the course of the next Michaelmas Term. If the ordinary course be followed this is not likely to take place, as the venue, in the first instance, must be laid in Galway, and the trial cannot be held anywhere else, unless the venue be changed either on the application of the Crown or of the defendants.