HC Deb 07 July 1881 vol 263 c232

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether there is any difference in the form submitted to Mr. Farrell, J.P., on his release from prison under the Coercion Act, to that which has been submitted to any other political prisoner; if he will say since when these forms have been in existence; whether all prisoners on their release have been obliged to sign them; whether they have been tendered to any prisoners who have refused to sign them; and, whether any form was submitted to, or signed by, Mr. James Daly, of Castlebar, on his release?


, in reply, said, the forms in question had been in existence since the 7th of last month. Prisoners released before that date were not required to sign any undertaking. None of the prisoners to whom the undertaking had been tendered had refused to sign it. Mr. James Daly was discharged on the 8th of May, before the form was brought into use; but, on being discharged, in view of the critical state of his health, he voluntarily tendered an undertaking that his future good conduct would justify the clemency of the Government.