§ Mr. DORIS
asked the Chief Secretary if he is aware that Joseph Conroy, of Turlough, county Mayo, has been summoned by the Crown to attend in the King's Bench Division, Dublin, on 11th March instant, to answer for a certain misdemeanour whereof he was indicted; whether the misdemeanour alleged is the use of intimidatory language at a public meeting in Straide, county Mayo; whether the accused appeared at last Mayo assizes to answer the charge, which was not then proceeded with, and received an undertaking from the Crown that if the case was taken out of the county his expenses would be defrayed; is he aware that the accused is not professionally represented or defended in the case; and can he state whether the Crown will now advance to him the funds necessary to defray the expenses of his attendance in Dublin in obedience to the writ of the King's Bench Division?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
Mr. Joseph Conroy has been summoned to attend at the King's Bench Division, Dublin, on the 11th instant, in a proceeding against him for entering into a criminal conspiracy to prevent James and Joseph Gallagher from exercising their legal rights. Mr. Conroy did attend at the last Mayo Assizes to 392 answer this charge, but the matter was postponed on the application of the Crown. I am advised that no such undertaking as that referred to was given by the Crown, but in the circumstances of the present case the Attorney-General has approved of the payment of Mr. Conroy's expenses which will be occasioned by his journey to Dublin in obedience to the summons served on him.