§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a prison warder at Tullamore, named Oulahan, has been reduced in rank, thereby suffering a loss of £10 a-year in salary, and has been transferred to a distant prison at his own expense, because some candles were lighted in a window of his residence on the night of Mr. William O'Brien's release; whether this was stated by Oulahan to have been the act of his wife, and whether he was on duty in the prison at the time and until 10 o'clock that night; and, whether, in view of these circumstances, and the severe consequences with which the Prisons Board have visited this warder, he will request them to re-consider their decision in the case?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: The facts are substantially as stated in the Question. The reduction of salary, however, was only £7 a-year. The General Prisons Board, having fully considered the case, found that they could not divest the warder of responsibility for the matter. He has been informed that if he is well conducted he may apply after six months for re-instatement. They will not be 366 prepared to re-consider their decision before that period.