HC Deb 15 August 1889 vol 339 c1327
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will make inquiry into the case of a prisoner named John Kinsella, of Mourne Abbey, near Mallow, who was sentenced to 20 years' penal servitude in August 1882, for a violent assault on John Sullivan, of Kilavullen, during a drunken brawl, and who is now confined in Downpatrick Convict Prison; if he is aware that John Sullivan has been in good health ever since; and, in view of this fact (if true), and that the said John Sullivan signed a memorial in 1882 to the then Lord Lieutenant, Earl Spencer, praying for the prisoner's release, and that Kinsella's aged father, of whom he was the sole support, is now in Mallow Union Workhouse, and, further, that he has already spent seven years in penal servitude, will he bring the case under the notice of His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, with a view to the prisoner's release?


The convict John Kinsella was sentenced with three others for the attempted murder of John Sullivan. They beat him on the head with iron bars and sticks, and left him as dead. I am not aware of Sullivan's present condition of health. No memorial on behalf of this convict was under the consideration of Lord Spencer. Memorials on his behalf, however, were considered by Lord Carnarvon and Lord Londonderry, the decision in each case being that the law should take its course. I cannot undertake to act as suggested with a view to his release.