§ MR. BIGGAR
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Messrs. Gannon and John Rynolds have not been in Monaghan Prison since 30th October last charged with inciting others not to pay rent, and of which charge they declare themselves innocent; whether the district in which they formerly resided is not now perfectly peaceable; and, whether, under all the circumstances, these two suspects should not now be released?
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. PORTER)
, in reply, said, that these men had been arrested, not for inciting others not to pay rent, but on reasonable suspicion of maiming cattle. No such representation as those mentioned in the Question had been made to the Government. The districts where these men were arrested had undoubtedly improved; but the cases were considered last month, and it was found that they could not at present be released.