HC Deb 10 August 1876 vol 231 cc974-5

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Whether a second counsel had been assigned by the Crown, and feed by the Treasury, for the defence of the prisoners Burke at Nenagh, Moore at Mary borough, and Montgomery at Omagh; and, whether his attention has been called to the circumstances under which the prisoner Claffey is now for a fourth time to stand his trial at Tullamore, and considering that the trial at last assizes proved abortive, through no default of the prisoner, he will advise that both the counsel hitherto defending the prisoner be assigned by the Crown to defend him at the adjourned assizes to be held on Wednesday next?


As far as I have been able to ascertain, the facts with regard to the prisoners Burke and Montgomery, set forth in the Question of the hon. Gentleman, are accurately stated by him. As to the second portion of the hon. Gentleman's Question, I am informed that the Attorney General for Ireland has authorized the appointment of two counsel to defend the prisoner Claffey, and I believe that the same able counsel who previously appeared will be at his service again.