HC Deb 28 May 1903 vol 123 c132

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that eleven men who were fined nominal sums, or in default three days imprisonment, at the Ballypooreen, County Tipperary, Petty Sessions, on the 5th instant, immediately offered to go to prison, but that the Resident Magistrate declined to issue warrants for their arrest for a week; and, if so, will he explain why those men are daily taken to prison in batches of two, handcuffed together, and treated as ordinary criminals, in view of the nature of the offence.


I am informed that the police had reasonable grounds for apprehending an attempted rescue or violence, and that it was considered necessary, in consequence, to take the precaution of handcuffing the prisoners.

MR. LEAMY (Kildare, N.)

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when any rescue of prisoners was last attempted in Ireland?

[No answer was returned.]