HC Deb 03 April 1879 vol 245 c267

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether the constabulary authorities demanded the sum of £226 from the Grand Jury of Limerick County at last Spring Assizes for the arrest and conveyance of prisoners in that county; and, if so, if it is true that over fifty pounds of that sum was charged for arresting a man named Ryan, who has never been arrested?


Sir, I am informed that a sum of £226 odd was demanded from the Grand Jury, though I have not yet been able to make the local inquiries necessary to enable me to say whether the item of £50 which is mentioned was included in it. Assuming it, however, to be correctly stated, I cannot see that there is anything to be said against its inclusion, as manifestly the cost of measures taken with a view to securing an arrest are equally legitimate whether the result aimed at be eventually attained or not.