HC Deb 27 March 1882 vol 268 c31

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether it is a fact that a number of suspects, at present confined in Irish gaols, have been liberated on parole, in order to attend to their private affairs; and, whether he will recommend the Irish Government to release on parole the honourable Member for Cork, the honourable Member for Tipperary, and the honourable Member for Roscommon, in order that they may vote on the ClÔture Resolution?


Sir, it is a fact that certain of the prisoners in Ireland have been set at liberty in order to attend to their private affairs; but that has been done with great care, and after strict investigation. I think the House will perceive that that can constitute no precedent whatever for the liberation suggested in the Question of the hon. Member. If that liberation were granted for the division on Thursday night, there is no reason why it should not be granted for every division which takes place in this House.