HC Deb 28 March 1889 vol 334 c1017

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Father Kennedy, of Meelin, during his first imprisonment, applied repeatedly to the Prisons Board for permission to celebrate mass on weekdays, and was informed that the permission would not be granted except for Sundays and church holidays; whether, during his second imprisonment, Father Kennedy was allowed to celebrate mass on one day in each week in addition to Sundays and holidays; what is the rule on the subject; and, what is the present practice with regard to priests imprisoned under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act?


The General Prisons Board inform me that the reply to the inquiries in the first two paragraphs is in the affirmative. There is no fixed rule on the subject; but the practice is for the Governor to submit each case specially as it arises to the Board, who deal with it according to the circumstances.