HC Deb 14 December 1908 vol 198 cc1268-9
MR. MCHUGH (Sligo, N.)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he has been informed by the Crown Solicitor for Sligo that persons had come from Sligo to Limerick for the purpose of influencing jurors in the cases of the Geevagh, County Sligo, traversers; who were the persons who came from Sligo to Limerick for the purpose alleged; what was the nature of the influence complained of; and can he give the names of the jurors who were ordered to stand by because they were believed to have been influenced in the manner suggested by the Crown Solicitor.


Yes, Sir. The information, as stated in the Question, has been furnished to me. The influence complained of was an organised attempt, by personal visits to persons summoned on the jury panel, to prejudice them against the case for the prosecution. I have been furnished with the names of six persons, in addition to those who came from Sligo who, it is believed, took part in this improper proceeding; and inasmuch as I am at present considering the propriety of instituting criminal proceedings, it would be improper for me to mention any names. For the same reason it would not be in the public interest that I should mention the names of the persons ordered to stand by; but these also have been furnished to me.