§ MR. LANE (Cork Co., E.)
I wish to ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Attorney General for Ireland, Whether it was by his instructions that Sub-Inspector Somerville and Constable Ward, who were in custody charged with wilful murder, were allowed out on their own recognizances by the Court of Queen's Bench; and, whether they have been permitted to resume their duties in the Royal Irish Constabulary pending their trial?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. HOLMES) (Dublin University)
I gave no instructions whatever, as to the amount of bail; but I did in this case what I am in the habit of doing in all other cases—when the informations were laid before me I considered them; and, concerning that justice so required, I instructed the Representatives of the Crown to consent to their being allowed out on bail; but it was for the Court to fix the amount of the bail. I have nothing whatever to do with the resumption of their duties.
§ MR. T. C. HARRINGTON (Dublin, Harbour)
I wish to ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman, Whether it is the intention of the Representatives of the Government to bring these two men charged with murder before a Bench of Magistrates, and to prefer an indictment against them; or, whether they are going to proceed against them by inquisition of the Coroner?
§ MR. HOLMES
I propose to consider the matter in due course. I have not 87 yet had an opportunity of consulting with the Crown Solicitor on the point; but, as the hon. and learned Member is aware, matters cannot be done all at once.