HC Deb 24 February 1859 vol 152 cc766-7

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what is the amount of the extra Constabulary Rate levied off the districts of Gweedore and Cloughaneely in Donegal, for the extra Police force stationed there in consequence of the attack on the Rev. Mr. Nixon; and, whether such rate is levied off the inhabitants by summary distress without previous notice, demand, or summons to the persons subject to such distress.


said that the attack on Mr. Nixon was an atrocious outrage, made evidently with an intention to murder; and although it appeared from the evidence that the outrage was committed in the presence of several persons no attempt was made to arrest the perpetrators, who had been allowed to get off. In consequence the Irish Government felt it their duty to send an additional force of ten policemen to the districts in question, and for their support there had been levied upon one of the townlands £43, and upon the other £41. The levy had been made in the usual manner, without notice; in some cases, a distress had been made, but he was happy to say that none of the cattle belonging to the people had been Sold.