HC Deb 10 March 1902 vol 104 cc886-7

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state the grounds on which the Governor of Kilkenny Gaol has withheld from Michael Glennon, a bail prisoner at present confined there, copies of the Irish People newspaper, sent him by his friends, whilst allowing him to read other Irish newspapers; whether in this matter the Governor acted on his own responsibility or on instructions from the Irish Executive; and whether he proposes to have the prohibition of the Irish People newspaper withdrawn.


The Governor withheld the copies of the print referred to on the ground that they contained matter of an objectionable character. He acted on his own responsibility and in the discharge of his duty under the 24th of the prison rules. The Government do not propose to issue any instructions to the Governor, such as suggested.


Then are Governors of Irish goals to be set up as censors of newspapers?