HC Deb 01 May 1882 vol 268 cc1826-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that the Governor of Enniskillen Prison is in the habit of detaining letters written by suspects on purely personal or business affairs, and declining to give any reason whatever for his conduct; whether he imposes a rule that no communication shall be made to the Chief Secretary except by way of petition, and that the terms of the petition shall be dictated by himself; whether this Governor, on the 18th ultimo, stopped and detained a letter from Mr. Luke Armstrong, of Tubber-curry, county Sligo (who has been detained under the Coercion Act in Enniskillen Prison for the past four months), demanding to be put on trial, before any tribunal the Chief Secretary may appoint, for the offence of which he is suspected; and, whether, as Mr. Armstrong's business is being ruined by his prolonged imprisonment, and as there is nobody except his sister, a very young girl, to look after his affairs, the Government will either bring him to trial or release him?


in reply, said, he was not aware that the Governor of Enniskillen Prison was in the habit of detaining letters written by "suspects" with regard to purely personal matters, nor did he impose any such rule as the Question alleged. It was a fact that on the 18th instant the Governor stopped a letter written by Mr. Luke Armstrong. He had been given the option of appealing to the Chief Secretary. Mr. Armstrong's case was re-considered on the 18th ultimo; but it was decided that at present he could not be released.