HC Deb 21 December 1888 vol 332 c959
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he is aware that in connection with the imprisonment of Father Kennedy, Meelin, last August, the police, previous to the arrest, served the reverend gentleman with a notification from the Exchequer Court, signed by an official of that Court, to the effect that the Court, having heard the arguments in his case, gave judgment that the sentence of the Lower Court should stand confirmed; can he state why a similar notification from the Court was not served upon Father Kennedy by the police authorities in connection with the second case previous to his recent arrest; and, if it is necessary that such official notification should be served, why did the police authorities depart from the procedure observed upon the previous occasion?

THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN)(who replied) (Dublin University)

said: The Constabulary authorities report that it is the case that a notification from the Exchequer Court was served previous to the first arrest; also that no similar notice was served on the second occasion, inasmuch as none was received by them for service. I may add that in neither case was there any legal necessity for such a notice.