HC Deb 13 July 1882 vol 272 cc261-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Mr. Luke Armstrong, of Tubbercurry, county Sligo, a suspect in Enniskillen Gaol, has had two days' solitary confinement inflicted upon him by the Governor of that Gaol, without any cause assigned; and, if so, what was the cause, and why it was not stated to Mr. Armstrong before the infliction of the sentence; whether Mr. Armstrong has now been over six months in gaol, to the great injury of his business, on suspicion of inciting to intimidation; and, whether the Lord Lieutenant has reconsidered his case, as promised on the 3rd instant; and, if so, with what result?


It is the case that Luke Armstrong, now detained in the Enniskillen Gaol, has been punished by stoppage of exercise and association for two days, having been charged by one of the warders with pulling down the stove pipe in a room used by the prisoners under the Protection of Person and Property Act. He was duly informed of the charge against him; has sworn an affidavit denying it; and upon his application the Inspector of the Prisons Board is to hold a sworn investigation into the matter. He has been in detention since the 2nd of January last on reasonable suspicion of intimidation to prevent payment of rent. His Excellency considered his case on the 3rd instant, and decided that he could not at present order his release.