HC Deb 23 October 1902 vol 113 c624

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the case of Mr. Martin O'Dwyer, county councillor since the passing of the Local Government Act, who was sentenced, at a Court constituted under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, to two months imprisonment with hard labour for a speech delivered at Templemore on the 11th September; and seeing that hard labour entails on Mr. O'Dwyer disqualification as a county councillor, and the resident magistrate refused to remit the extra penalty, will he say what steps he proposes to take in the matter.


The hon. Member has overlooked the fact that Mr. O'Dwyer has appealed against the sentence imposed upon him by the magistrates. The appeal will be heard at Thurles Quarter Session in January.


Is it not a fact that hard labour has been imposed?


And has not a full meeting of the County Council unanimously condemned the sentence?

(No answer was returned.)