HC Deb 26 June 1882 vol 271 cc399-400

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether it is true that Miss Hogan, Miss O'Neill, and Mrs. Hanlon are still imprisoned in Tralee Gaol under the Statute of Edward III.; whether there are any exceptional circumstances in their case that they have not been released with Father Feehan, Mrs. Moore, Miss O'Connor, Miss Kirk, and Mr. Abraham; whether it is true that there is no reception room in the gaol, and that they are obliged to receive visits standing at the large iron gate of the prison, in the open air, and exposed to the inclemency of the weather, while the visitor stands about fifteen feet away, at another iron gate; whether the male convict prisoners do not frequently pass this gate to their work, and so interrupt the visit; whether the entrance of any visitor, prisoner, messenger, or warder to the gaol interrupts the visit; whether the Government proposes to remedy this state of things; and, whether it be true that, though those ladies have now been imprisoned two months, they have not been allowed to communicate with one another?


Sir, the three persons referred to in the first paragraph of this Question are still imprisoned in Tralee Gaol, in default of finding bail. There was nothing exceptional in their cases; but there was an appeal pending before the Queen's Bench when the other cases were considered by the Lord Lieutenant. The appeal has been dismissed, and the cases will now be considered by His Excellency. The Prisons Board is making inquiry into the allegations contained in the remainder of the Question.