HC Deb 20 June 1882 vol 270 c1757

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Michael M'Sweeney and John Ryan, who were released during the month of May, had been imprisoned under reasonable suspicion of having committed murder?


Sir, the hon. Baronet is quite correct in this matter. In answering the right hon. and learned Member for the University of Dublin (Mr. Gibson) on the 8th of June, to the effect that John Ryan was guilty of inciting to murder, and not murder, I was quoting from a report from Dublin, in which a mistake had been made on this point. The existence of that mistake was not brought to my notice until I inquired about it this morning. With regard to Michael M'Sweeney, he was released on the 7th of June. That was the day on which the report was sent me from Dublin, and I can only suppose that the release was not yet known to the Department which forwarded it. I have given directions that in any case where a mistake has been made in information on which I have grounded an answer in Parliament, the matter may be brought to my notice at once.