HC Deb 22 May 1882 vol 269 c1251

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If Mr. Henry O'Mahony, at present detained in Monaghan Prison, and who is an American citizen, has been prevented from applying to the Government of the United States in reference to his case; whether the authorities have intercepted and detained letters addressed by Mr. O'Mahony to Members of this House, making complaints as to prison treatment; and, whether it is true that Mr. O'Mahony and other American citizens have been offered large sums of money by the Government to leave the country?


I cannot find that there is any proof that Mr. O'Mahony is an American citizen. He has not been prevented from applying to the United States Government in reference to his case. On the contrary, I understand that he has written to and received letters from the United States Representatives. I believe some letters of his were suppressed in consequence of their tone. He was informed of this, and told that he might appeal to the Chief Secretary; but he stated that he would have nothing to do with the Chief Secretary. Her Majesty's Government have not offered any money to Mr. O'Mahony or to any American citizens to induce them to leave the country.