HC Deb 16 March 1883 vol 277 cc694-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a letter of Michael Banican, Crossmaglen, in the "Belfast Morning News" of 10th March, stating that he had received a letter from Sub-Inspector Bigley, of Newtownhamilton, dated March 5, requesting an interview with him "relative to his complaint against certain members of the Crossmaglen Constabulary;" and, whether, if there is to be any inquiry upon the subject, it will be conducted publicly?


Sir, I have not seen the letter referred to; but I have seen several letters from Michael Banican. I can only repeat what I have said more than once to the hon. Member for Mallow (Mr. O'Brien), that I cannot answer Questions in the House of Commons in connection with this case.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he has received copies of three affidavits sworn by Banican, his wife, and his mother-in-law, stating the police took him away from his house at 12 o'clock at night?


Sir, I have received copies of the affidavits; but, without going into the evidence contained in them, I must only say again that this is a case in which I cannot give an answer publicly.