HC Deb 23 June 1890 vol 345 cc1648-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will direct the discontinuance of the rule that after every interview of a solicitor with a client in an Irish gaol, as admitted in the cas3 of the interview of Mr. J. J. O'Meara and Mr. M'Enery in Tullamore Prison last week, "that such prisoner is searched;" whether on the occasion of the visit of Mr. M'Gough, solicitor to Mr. Finucane, M.P., last year in the same prison, the interview took place in a private room, and not in a corridor in sight of warders, as in Mr. M'Enery's case; and if he will explain the reason of the change?


The General Prisons Board report that the question of searching of prisoners for prohibited articles lies in the discretion of the Governor, who is responsible for preventing the introduction of such articles into the prison. On the occasion referred to in the second paragraph the prisoner was in hospital, and the interview was in one of the vacant wards, but, as usual, under the observation of an officer, through an opening in the door.