HC Deb 30 June 1902 vol 110 cc314-5
MR. O'SHAUGHNESSY (Limerick Co., W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the supervisor, Inland Revenue, Tralee, and his assistant took rent receipts from David Sheehan and Denis Murphy, both tenants of William Cahill, the Crown witness in the recent prosecutions under the Criminal Law Procedure (Ireland) Act at Abbeyfeale; and, seeing that these receipts were taken up with a view to prosecuting Mr. Cahill for defrauding the Revenue by using cancelled postage stamps on these receipts, can he explain why such prosecution was not proceeded with, and why Sheehan and Murphy's son were the only two persons on Cahill's estate who were subsequently prosecuted for alleged illegal assembly and intimidation of Mr. Cahill at Mount Collins.


The Board of Inland Revenue stayed the proceedings instituted by it against Cahill upon payment by him of a penalty of £5. That Board had no knowledge of the prosecution directed against Sheehan and Murphy under the Crimes Act; consequently, the Board's action was in no way influenced by the latter proceedings. Sheehan and Murphy were the only two tenants who took part in the unlawful assembly; hence no other tenants from that estate were or could be prosecuted for the offence.