§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether petitions for the release of a prisoner are filed or reconsidered at stated intervals; and, if so, whether a petition recently dealt with in the case of James M'Cann, of county Longford, will be again taken into consideration by the law officers of the Crown.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. CHERRY,) Liverpool, Exchange
All memorials for the release of a prisoner are filed. The cases of all convicts undergoing long sentences are periodically submitted for consideration in accordance with the regulations. James M'Cann's sentence being one of three years penal servitude only there is no rule under which his case would be reconsidered. It is, of course, optional with the convict or any one on his behalf to forward a memorial at any time, and such memorial will be laid before the Lord-Lieutenant for his decision. It is not a matter with which the law officers of the Crown can properly interfere.
§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
By whom are the memorials considered—by the law officers of the Crown?
§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
Was it not the Lords Justices who refused the prayer of the petition in this case?
§ MR. CHERRY
was understood to say that in the absence of the Lord-Lieutenant for Ireland the Lords Justices might consider such matters, but the law officers of the Crown never intervened in such cases. He knew nothing of the case.