HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 cc1649-50

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with reference to the statement that the prisoner Tracy, when in Castlebar Gaol, was denounced as an informer in the local Roman Catholic church, whether he is aware that there is but one Catholic church in the town of Castlebar, and that the parish priest, the Rev. Patrick Lyons, who is also chaplain to the prison, has declared the statement in question to be wholly untrue, and has challenged proof of it; whether, in consequence of the course pursued by him in regard to the public statement of Father Lyons, the reverend gentleman has indicated his intention of resigning the chaplaincy of Castlebar Prison; and whether, in view of subsequent information, he is now prepared to make any further statement on the subject?


My statement was that it was publicly announced in a local Roman Catholic chapel that the prisoner Tracy had turned informer. The chapel alluded to was Cappaduff, which is one of the localities in which there is evidence of the man having been actively engaged in the commission of crime.