§ 18. Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether another habeas corpus writ has been issued against the Irish Government, and in consequence 2186 a lad named John McLoughlin, of West-port, has been released from custody and returned to his parents; whether this is the fourth case in which the law has thus been broken by the Government in Ireland; whether the arrest and abduction of these children was authorised by him or by the Law Officers, and, if not, by whom was it authorised; and whether he is aware that the violation of the Law by those responsible for its administration has brought the administration of the Law into contempt over a large part of the country?
No writ of habeas corpus has been issued against the Irish Government in the case of John McLoughlin. A conditional order was obtained, but on hearing the affidavit of John McLoughlin read it was discharged by the Court. A civil action is now pending at the instance of John McLoughlin, and I am precluded from referring further to the matter. There was no arrest or abduction, and I am not aware that there is any foundation for the suggestion contained in the last part of the question.
§ Mr. MacVEAGH
Is it not the fact that in McLoughlin's case, as in the previous case, the boy arrested and detained, was released immediately application was made in the Court?