HC Deb 19 June 1902 vol 109 c1125
MR. KENDAL O'BRIEN (Tipperary, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the County Court Judge of Tipperary, in giving judgment on the appeal of Mr. David Sheehy in a case under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, stated that if Mr. Sheehy would agree to go under a rule of bail he would reverse the sentence, and whether, in view of this statement, it is intended to direct Mr. Sheehy's release.


As far as I can ascertain, what took place was this: The County Court Judge decided that the conviction was, in his opinion, good and should be affirmed, but suggested to Mr. Sheehy that if he entered into recognizances to keep the peace and be of good behaviour so as to bind him not to repeat the offence he, the Judge, might be able to take that into consideration with a view to the mitigation of punishment. This Mr. Sheehy declined to do, whereupon the Judge confirmed the order of the Magistrates in omnibus.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that account differs absolutely from the reports published in every newspaper in Ireland?

[No answer was returned.]