HC Deb 01 July 1861 vol 164 c113

said, he had now, with the permission of the hon. Member for Sheffield, to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether he intends to propose any Inquiry, either through a Royal Commission or Select Committee of the House of Commons, into the Recent Evictions from the lands of Derryveagh, in the County of Donegal, or as to the Statements published by Mr. John George Adair, J.P., attributing a guilty knowledge of murder and other crimes to the evicted Inhabitants; also as to the several allegations made in Parliament on Monday, the 24th day of June, that Ribbonism exists in that district; or, if indisposed to originate an Inquiry, will the Chief Secretary be prepared, on the part of the Government, to support or sanction a Motion for an Inquiry proposed by an independent Member?


said, it was not the intention of the Government to propose either a Commission or a Committee on this subject. With respect to the course that the Government might take on any Motion made by an independent Member, he thought he should be acting more in conformity with the wishes of the House if he declined to state what course the Government would pursue under certain circumstances until a specific Motion were submitted to them.