HC Deb 28 March 1881 vol 260 cc9-10

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the writ for rent served on Mr. Patrick Fury, in Kilmainham Prison, on the 16th instant, was served in the ordinary visiting cell of the prison; and, if so, how the person who served the writ contrived to pass it through the pair of iron gratings, separated from each other by a space of several feet, which stand between the visitor and the prisoner; if the writ was not served in the visiting cell, then where, and in what manner, it was served; whether facilities denied to ordinary visitors were afforded to the person who came to serve the writ; and, whether it is to be understood that landlords, whose tenants, unconvicted of any offence, are confined in Kilmainham Prison, will be enabled by the Government to push forward processes of eviction, while the tenants are prevented, by the fact of their imprisonment, from acting in defence of their own interests?


Sir, facilities were given for the service of the writ in question, and it was served in the ordinary way. The Government do not think that a man should be safe from the service of a notice for the non-payment of rent because he has been taken up on a warrant under the recent Act; nor do they think that any additional facilities should be given for obtaining the payment of rent. At the same time, they wish, as far as possible, to prevent his suffering in any civil case in which he has taken action against any other person.