HC Deb 20 April 1882 vol 268 c979

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he has seen the following statement in "Wicklow News Letter" of Saturday last, the local Conservative Journal:— Although the disease of agrarian disturbance has been somewhat prevalent on the western side of the county, not only have the greater and most important districts been entirely free from it, but even in those places where it has been represented as epidemic, rumour and current reports have exaggerated the real state of things.… The two cases representing the serious crime of the Baltinglass district for half a year were both dealt with by Justice Harrison on Friday last; one of them was the unlawfully exposing a child, and was punished by a week's imprisonment; the other, a trumpery case of Boycotting, in which the accused, a woman, being found guilty by the jury on the charge of intimidation, was ordered to come up for judgment when called on; and, whether, in consideration of the peace and good order prevailing, he will recommend the Lord Lieutenant to revoke the Orders in Council under which the county is proscribed and proclaimed?


in reply, said, that although, generally speaking, the present state of the county Wicklow was exceptionally quiet, he did not, as yet, see his way to the release of the political prisoners belonging to that part of Ireland.