HC Deb 24 June 1881 vol 262 c1224

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that on the arrival of the military escort at Naas Prison to remove Father Sheehy to Kilmainham, he was found in the infirmary; and, whether, owing to the state of his health, and in view of the acute feelings of sorrow and regret which his arrest has caused amongst the Catholic people of Ireland, and especially amongst the Catholic clergy, the Irish Executive will prolong his imprisonment?


, in reply, said, that when the military escort arrived at Naas Prison, Father Sheehy was in the infirmary; but Dr. Kenny, his own medical adviser, said he was fit for removal to Kilmainham Prison, and he was accordingly removed. As to his present health, Captain Barlow reported that he saw him at exercise on the 21st instant, when he informed him he was well. Dr. Kenny visited him on the 22nd, but made no entry in the journal as to his case, from which it was fair to infer there was nothing to mention. Father Sheehy joined the other prisoners under the Protection Act at exercise, and, so far as Captain Barlow could form an opinion, he was in good health.