§ 12. Mr. DILLON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that in a reported case in the year 1871 a number of persons, wrongfully sentenced by the Judge of Assize in Tyrone to hard labour for unlawful assembly, were released on a writ of error moved for by the Attorney-General, and that the same course was taken in a Cork case, similar in character, twenty years ago; and whether, in the cases in which a like mistake was made by a judge at the last Winter Assize in Limerick, it is the intention of the Attorney-General to apply this remedy?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I am advised that in the circumstances of the Limerick case the application suggested would not be the appropriate remedy. To remove the disqualification caused by the sentence, the more convenient course would be the granting of a free pardon, and the Lord-Lieutenant will be advised to consider favourably any application made to him for that purpose.