HC Deb 31 March 1882 vol 268 c488

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that Mr. Martin O'Sullivan, who was arrested on the 23rd June 1881, was deprived by the Governor of Limerick Gaol of his necktie; whether, although Mr. O'Sullivan demanded it several times, the Governor refused to give it up; whether it is true that the flags in one of the yards in Limerick prison on a wet day are so covered with water that the yard cannot be exercised in, and that in another yard there is a closet which sometimes emits such an odour as to prevent the suspects from going within a long distance of it; whether it is a fact that, when letters are stopped by the Governor of Limerick Gaol, he will not return to the suspects the penny stamps on the back of the envelopes; and whether it is true that, in this and other gaols, suspects are charged for having their cells cleaned?


, in reply, said, that when Mr. O'Sullivan was arrested he wore a large green tie with "Land League" and a harp without a crown worked in with white silk. The Governor took the tie from him. He asked for its return, and it was refused; but when he was discharged it was returned to him. There was a closet in the yard; but it was a good one. During alterations portion of the yard was exposed to the bad weather; but it was now enclosed. In future, when it was necessary to stop a letter at Limerick Gaol, the stamp would be returned to the sender. It was quite true that the "suspects" were charged 1d. a-day for having their cells cleaned, unless they did it themselves; but that matter was discussed last year, and he did not see any reason now for making a change.