§ MR. CONYBEARE (Cornwall, Camborne)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is the case that Mr. John Roche, of Woodford, now imprisoned in Galway Gaol under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, has been in hospital since Monday week, and is now suffering from acute lung disease; whether he will consider the propriety of ordering his release, with a view to sparing his life; and, whether it is the fact that no Visiting Justice has visited the gaol for some days past; and, if so, why not?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
Owing to the short Notice, I have been unable to obtain a detailed reply. A Report was, however, received this morning at Dublin Castle from the medical officer of Galway Prison, stating that the condition of the health of Mr. Roche is such as to render him unfit for further confinement. In accordance with the practice in such cases, the Lords Justices have ordered his immediate release.
In reply to a further Question from Mr. CONYBEARE,
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
said, the course pursued in the case of Mr. Roche had been the same as in the case of any other prisoner.