HC Deb 12 April 1883 vol 278 cc71-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been directed to the treatment of Mr. James O'Connor, Hon. Secretary of the Liberal Registration Association of Cork, who, on the 31st ult., was arrested on alighting from a train in which he journeyed from Tralee with several highly respected citizens taken to the police station, questioned as to his movements for several weeks past, subjected to personal examination, and then released, after having been detained for the greater part of two hours, without the least apology or explanation; and, whether he will state upon what authority this was done, and whether he approves of the treatment to which Mr. O'Connor was subjected?


Sir, having had only one day's Notice of this Question, I have not had time to receive a written report, but I have received a telegram, from which it appears that the arrest and search of Mr. O'Connor took place under the authority of Section 1 of the Peace Preservation Act, 1881, and that he was not detained longer than was necessary to enable the police to comply with the Act by sending to the magistrate before whom he was to be brought. I should like to have a written Report on the matter before I answer the Question more explicitly.