HC Deb 14 July 1845 vol 82 c477
Mr. E. B. Roche

, in reference to an unhappy collision at Ballyhassig, begged to ask the right hon. Baronet opposite whether any orders had been issued precluding, as was most desirable, the police from attending any fair or other popular assembly in Ireland, unless a magistrate were present? He had no hesitation, from his knowledge of the population about Ballyhassig, in saying, that had but one magistrate of influence or station in the country been present on the occasion of the late lamentable affray, no loss of life would have taken place, nor would that loss of life have occurred, had the police not gone to the fair.

Sir Thomas Fremantle

must abstain from saying anything that might be construed into an opinion, respecting the late unfortunate transaction, pending the inquiry now being prosecuted by a competent tribunal. He might observe, however, as to the presence of magistrates on the occasion, that he believed several magistrates had been present during the day, though none remained till the time when the unhappy affray occurred, which was at nine o'clock in the evening. With reference to the order suggested by the hon. Gentleman, he must decline at present giving any answer respecting it.

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