HC Deb 16 April 1889 vol 335 cc616-7

asked the Solicitor General for Ireland if the attention of the Lord Chancellor has been called to charges against Mr. Samuel M'Keown, a Justice of the Peace for County Tyrone; if he is aware that Mr. M'Keown, on Saturday, 12th February, 1889, endeavoured to compel the Head Constable of Omagh to liberate one Anderson, who was in custody on a charge of being drunk while in charge of a horse and cart; that upon the refusal of the Head Constable to comply, Mr. M'Keown asked Mr. Devlin, J.P., to accompany him to the police barracks for the purpose of securing Anderson's liberation; and that Mr. Devlin, upon ascertaining the facts of the case, declined to interfere; if the District Inspector was subsequently appealed to, who also declined to release Anderson; if the police have been questioned as to the state Mr. M'Keown was in at the time of this occurrence; if other complaints have been addressed from time to time to the Lord Chancellor against Mr. M'Keown; and if a full inquiry will be made into all the circumstances of the case?


I understand that a complaint of the nature indicated in the first part of the question was made to the Lord Chancellor against Mr. M'Keown, J.P., and his Lordship at once called upon him for an explanation, and he has not acted at Petty Sessions pending the result of the correspondence. His Lordship also made inquiries into the circumstances of the case, and the matter is now under his consideration. No other complaint was made to the Lord Chancellor against Mr. M'Keown, except the one referred to on a former occasion by the hon. Member who puts this question.