§ MR. EDWARD HARRINGTON (Kerry, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether four men from Balliferritter, named respectively Pat Keane, Michael Ferriter, John Devine, and James Higgins, when discharged from Tralee Gaol on the 16th of February, were only tendered 1s. 2½d. among them to defray the expenses of their journey home, over 45 miles of a snow covered road; why was not some more adequate sum offered to these men; and, what is the usual practice in such cases?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: The prisoners named were released on the morning of the 16th February after breakfast. They were not tendered among them the amount alleged, but were each handed 4s. The Governor of the Tralee Prison states it is the practice there to send old men, women, and juveniles home by public conveyance when available; but that as the prisoners in question were all young men, and had voluntarily submitted themselves to imprisonment rather than give bail, he did not consider himself justified in adopting this course in their case.