HC Deb 06 June 1882 vol 270 cc225-6

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether eleven men arrested in Hook, county Wexford, on 27th February, are still confined in Kilkenny Gaol, although two others from the same district, arrested on the same charge were released a month ago; whether it is the fact that no outrages have been committed in the district; if he can state the reason for the detention of these men; if the Government have re-considered the case of Mr. James Ennis, and the other suspects from Bannon, county Wexford, now in Kilmainham; and, why Mr. Pierce Meaney, of Tintern, county Wexford, is detained in the same gaol, while another prisoner from the same district and arrested for the same offence has been released?


Sir, I find that there are only seven of the men arrested at Hook on the 27th February still in custody, and I have learnt by telegraph that His Excellency has had their cases under his consideration to-day, and has decided to order their discharge. Mr. James Ennis was released on the 31st ultimo. I have received no information about other persons from Bannon, County Wexford, being in Kilmainham; but if the hon. Member will name them I shall ask about their cases. Mr. Pierce Meaney, referred to in the final paragraph of the Question, was released on the 26th of last month.