HC Deb 21 July 1881 vol 263 cc1450-1

asked the Chief Secretrary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is the fact that on the 5th instant Mr. Henry O'Mahony, P.L.G., confined under the Coercion Act in Limerick Gaol, was served with a writ out of the Superior Courts; whether the writ is for one year's rent (£30) up to the 1st of May; whether as the Superior Courts do not stay execution, Mr. O'Mahony is practically allowed no opportunity of defence; whether the writ was issued on 29th June, and not served until 5th July; whether the writ is served at the instance of the Hon. Judge Townshend, of the Admiralty Court, Ireland; whether the costs on the writ amount to over £8; whether, if the writ were issued out of the local courts, costs would not be more than £2, and time might be allowed; and, whether Mr. O'Mahony will be afforded facilities to defend the action?


, in reply, said, that the writ out of the Superior Courts was served on Mr O'Mahony on the 4th instant, for one year's rent due on the 1st of May. Mr. O'Mahony would be afforded facilities to defend the action, and if it would be more convenient to him, he would be brought up to Kilmainham. The writ was issued on the 29th of June, and served on the 4th of July. There was nothing unusual in that. Judge Townshend was the plaintiff. With regard to the costs, they were fixed by law, and he had no power to interfere.