HC Deb 14 March 1906 vol 153 c1248

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will explain why several men, who were sentenced at the Galway assizes for agrarian offences, were released on 19th February, two months before their terms had expired; whether he is aware that the same night an attack was made on the house of a grazier in the neighbourhood of Ballindereen; and will he say whether the police have made any arrests in connection with the matter.


The men referred to in the first inquiry were released by order of the Lord-Lieutenant on 19th February. They had completed seven out of the nine months' imprisonment to which they were sentenced. I cannot make any statement as to the reasons which influenced the Lord-Lieutenant in the exercise of the prerogative of mercy vested in him. I have already answered the remaining inquiries in my reply to the hon. Member's Question of the 27th February.†

MR. DUFFY (Galway, S.)

Has the right hon. Gentleman received a copy of a Resolution passed at a meeting in this parish, presided over by the priest?


Order, order! Notice must be given.


I only want to know if the right hon. Gentleman has received the Resolution from this parish denouncing this outrage.


Notice must be given, as the right hon. Gentleman must refer to the office to find out. † See (4) Debates, clii., 1032.