HC Deb 20 June 1882 vol 270 c1750

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Mr. P. O'Connor, of Miltown Malbay, has been transferred from Limerick Gaol to Kilmainham, 130 miles further away from his home; whether, since this man is over sixty years of age, the Government will reconsider his case; and, whether, as all the suspects from Hook, County Wexford, have been released except Mr. Nicholas Walsh, of Taghmon, who is still confined in Kilkenny Gaol, the Government will include him in the general liberation of Wexford men?


Sir, His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has had the cases of Messrs. O'Connor and Walsh under his consideration, and found that he could now order their release. The orders were accordingly issued yesterday.


asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If Patrick Gallogly, Patrick Beirne, and John Sheridan, who were confined in Monaghan Prison on suspicion of breaking into houses by night and assaulting persons therein, have recently been discharged from custody by order of the Lord Lieutenant; whether any communication has been made on the subject to the persons assaulted by them; and, whether it is intended to put them on their trial for the offence with which they were charged?


Sir, the persons named in the Question of the hon. and gallant Member were released at the beginning of the present month. So far as I am aware, no communication has been made to the persons assaulted. I am not aware that it is intended now to prosecute them for the offence of which they were reasonably suspected. They had been in detention for upwards of 14 weeks, and even if they had been convicted of the assault under the ordinary law, they might very probably have escaped with a lighter sentence.