HC Deb 04 March 1879 vol 244 cc136-7

asked the Attorney General for Ireland, Whether his attention has been attracted to the fact that the defendants in the case of the Cork and Macroom Railway accident—that is to say, the Directors—did, on the 20th November last, appeal to the Court of Queen's Bench for an order to bring up the inquisition (which had resulted in. a verdict of manslaughter against the defendants) to be quashed; whether a conditional order on that occasion had been granted; whether that order had been made absolute; and, whether he had taken any steps to show cause against this conditional order being made absolute; and, if not, whether it is his intention to interfere so as, in the interests of the public, to prevent the verdict of the jury being quashed?


Sir, my attention has been called to this matter, and it is true that the inquisition was brought before the Court of Queen's Bench, and the rule subsequently made absolute. From the evidence given at the inquest, and considering the verdict, I did not think that there was any necessity to show cause, and it is not my intention to interfere further in the matter. I may state, that the matter has been investigated in the Civil Courts in Ireland, and the Company has already had to pay a considerable sum in damages.

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