§ Mr. GUINEY
asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether it is the usual custom in the case of a person who is out on bail awaiting trial and who absconds to estreat the recognisances; if so, why was this custom departed from in the case of William Heaslip, who absconded from trial at the last Cork assizes; and who directed the governor of Cork gaol to release Heaslip or called his attention to the Quarter Sessions Jurors (Ireland) Act, 1897?
§ Mr. REDMOND BARRY
The usual custom is to have the recognisances estreated in the circumstances indicated by the hon. Member. From the information before me, and stated in the reply given on 29th March by the Chief Secretary to a question relating to this case, I infer it was considered inexpedient to apply to have the recognisances estreated, owing to the circumstance that the effect of the 2153W Quarter Sessions Jurors (Ireland) Act, 1897, had been temporarily over looked. The Crown Solicitor communicated with the governor of the gaol informing him that, by virtue of the Act referred to, the old bail was sufficient, and thereupon the man was discharged.