HC Deb 23 May 1882 vol 269 c1404

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that Mrs. Moore, Miss Kirk, and Miss O'Connor, who have been sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, under an ancient Act, for alleged intimidation, by different stipendiary magistrates, are kept in solitude for above twenty-three hours out of the twenty-four; and, whether the time has arrived when, in the interests of the peace and tranquillity of Ireland, these ladies should be restored to their friends?


Sir, the ladies named in this Question have been committed to prison in default of finding bail, and are treated in exact conformity with the prison rules. According to the rules for "bail prisoners," they are allowed two hours for exercise daily, and are, therefore, in their cells for 22 out of the 24 hours. They can at once return to their friends on tendering the requisite sureties.