HC Deb 26 March 1885 vol 296 cc659-60

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Is it a fact that Dr. M. J. Cahalan, of Nenagh, having been summoned to give medical evidence at the late Nenagh Assizes, and having attended before the Grand Jury, and in court for five days, in pursuance of the summons, was refused payment of his expenses; was the reason given by Mr. George Bolton, Crown Solicitor, for the refusal, that the prosecution had broken down; and, what will be done with respect to Dr. Cahalan's claim?


Dr. Cahalan was not summoned as a medical witness to Nenagh Assizes. He was summoned as an ordinary witness in a case in which he himself was interested, and in which the prosecution could not be proceeded with in consequence of his failure to produce an essential document which he had undertaken should be forthcoming when wanted. In these circumstances the Crown Solicitor considered he would not be justified in paying Dr. Cahalan's expenses as a witness, and the Government, to whom Dr. Cahalan has applied, have seen no reason to interfere.