HC Deb 23 March 1887 vol 312 cc1222-3
MR. CHANCE (Kilkenny, S.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether any legal opinion was taken by the police authorities as to the validity of the warrant issued by Judge Boyd for the arrest of Father Keller, and since withdrawn because informal; and, whether it was to aid the attempted execution of the war-want so withdrawn, the police charged with the murder of Hanlon proceeded to Youghal?


(who replied) said, no such opinion was, or could have been, taken by the police in reference to Judge Boyd's warrant. Such warrant was not addressed or delivered to them, nor was any duty or responsibility in connection there with imposed on them. Their duty was confined to protecting the person of the messenger of the Bankruptcy Court from attack or violence, and to preserve the public peace. It was for this purpose the police wore sent to Youghal?


May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman whether it is true, as stated in this morning's papers, that District Inspector Somerville, and Police Constable Ward have both had a verdict of wilful murder found against them by the Coroner's Jury at Youghal, and whether they are now in custody?


I have no reason to doubt that what appears in the morning papers is perfectly true, as read by the hon. Member; but, naturally, I have not received any official information on the subject.


I beg to give the right hon. and learned Gentleman Notice that on Friday I shall again raise this Question.