HC Deb 21 February 1888 vol 322 cc998-9

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the statements in the Press are true that there will be no more Press prosecutions under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act; whether, if so, the Government will order the immediate release of Mr. Corcoran, foreman printer of The Cork Examiner, imprisoned under the said Act, on a charge of publishing reports of speeches and meetings of proclaimed branches of the National League; and, whether, in future, working compositors will be exempted from prosecutions of this nature?

THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (who replied) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)

said: There is no truth in the statement alluded to in the first paragraph of the Question. Mr. Corcoran was proceeded against, not as a working compositor, but as the registered printer and publisher of the newspaper that violated the law.