HC Deb 14 July 1884 vol 290 c929

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If members of the Constabulary Force in the county of Sligo recently compelled Mrs. Gannon, an aged woman, whose two sons are lying in Sligo Gaol awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy, to leave her home, and go with them to the town of Tubbercurry, and there submit to a secret interrogation with reference to her sons; and, whether this course was taken in regard to Mrs. Gannon with the sanction or knowledge of the higher authorities?


During the holding of an inquiry under Section 16 of the Prevention of Crime Act, Mrs. Gannon was examined with reference to the firing at and wounding of Sub-Inspector Doherty, which occurred about two years ago, and to the fact that after the firing a man from Tubbercurry went to her house to remove firearms there-from. Mrs. Gannon was not compelled by the police, but was merely served with a summons in the usual way. She is a strong, hale woman, and declined the offer of a car from her house to Tubbercurry, a distance of three miles, saying that she preferred to walk. In summoning this and other witnesses, the Resident Magistrate exercised the jurisdiction expressly conferred upon him by Section 16 of the Act.