On Saturday, at Newcastle West, Resident Magistrates Messrs. Home and Kelly delivered judgment in the case of Mr Samuel P. Harris, the hon. secretary of the East Limerick executive of the United Irish League. Mr Harris was charged with intimidating Arthur White and others, as well as conspiracy. The court sentenced the defendant to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour for each charge, to run concurrently.
Furthermore, the defendant was ordered to find bail for himself in £50 and provide two sureties of £25 each, or face an additional three months of imprisonment without hard labour. Mr O’Mahony, representing the defendant, mentioned that Mr Harris was a district councillor, and under the Local Government Board Orders, the hard labour sentence would strip him of his office for five years. The magistrates refused to alter their decision, and an appeal was lodged. Mr Harris was admitted to bail.
Despite extra police presence in the town, no disturbances occurred. Mr Harris and his wife, who accompanied him, received an ovation upon arriving and leaving Newcastle West.
Manchester Courier – Monday 29 September 1902