HC Deb 26 June 1888 vol 327 cc1288-9
MR. CONWAY (Leitrim, N.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the order made by the County Court Judge at Manorhamilton Quarter Sessions on October 18, 1887, in the case of "Owen Wynne, landlord, v. James M'Keown," tenant, which is as follows:— Order of Court.—If the defendant pays one year's rent on or before 11th November 1887, let him be restored to his holding. I reserve further consideration as to the rest of arrears; whether he is aware that James M'Keown has recently suffered 14 days' imprisonment on a charge of forcible entry and detainer of the house from which he had been evicted by the landlord, though he pleaded that he had offered a year's rent to the agent, Mr. George Hewson, in accordance with the terms of the County Court Judge's order; whether Mr. George Hewson denied on oath, at the recent trial of M'Keown, the existence of any such order; whether Mr. George Hewson, both before and after giving evidence against M'Keown, did, as a Justice of the Peace, sit on the Bench with Colonel Turner, R.M., and Mr. Moloney, R.M., participating in the work of the Petty Sessions; whether the Lord Chancellor of Ireland will inquire into the conduct of Mr. George Hewson; and, whether the Government will consider the advisability of making some compensation to Mr. M'Keown for unmerited punishment and the grave loss sustained by his family?


(who replied) detailed the various proceedings in the matter, and said that if Mr. M'Keown felt aggrieved he could bring an action for damages, but the Government had no intention of compensating him.