HC Deb 02 April 1889 vol 334 c1390
MR. JOHN MORLEY (Newcastle-on-Tyne)

I beg to ask the Solicitor General for Ireland whether the wife of Mr. E. Harrington, M.P., accompanied by Mr. T. Harrington, M.P., on visiting Tullamore Prison on Monday, April 1st, were not allowed to see Mr. E. Harrington, though more than three months of his term have expired; whether Mr. E. Harrington has been allowed to receive a single letter or a single visit during these three months; and, whether the reason assigned for this refusal to permit letters or visits is that he gets no marks as a consequence of being engaged in preparing his defence before the Special Commission?


In reference to this question and another which appears in the name of the hon. Member for West Belfast, I have not yet been able to obtain the information to enable me to give an answer. I have no doubt that the Prisons Board will consider the special circumstances of the case, even if they have not done so already.


Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that after Mr. Harrington had been imprisoned for three months his wife and brother, who had travelled a long distance to see him, were compelled, owing to the refusal of the governor, to leave without seeing him?


That is one of the particular matters of fact upon which I have not yet been able to obtain information.