HC Deb 26 February 1867 vol 185 cc1030-1

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether, having regard to his answer on Thursday last (to the Question of the hon. Member for Tralee), to the effect that if the sixteen men of the 12th Lancers had broken away from the control of their Commanding Officer and had charged along the Quay of Dungarvan he (the Secretary of State for War) should consider further inquiry necessary, it is to be understood that, notwithstanding the sworn testimony of the witnesses on both sides before the Coroner, the official Report of the Officer in command denies that the sixteen men charged along the Quay, or, if they did charge, denies that they did so without orders; and whether the Officer has given, or has been required to give, any explanation to show how stabbing through the breast with a lance Harbour Master Keily, who admittedly was not one of the mob, and was standing near the door of his dwelling at a considerable distance from the scene of alleged stone-throwing, was, in the language of the Report, "unavoidable?"


Sir, in my answer to the Question put to me on Thursday, I read a verbatim copy of the official report of the officers commanding the 12th Lancers at the affair in question, which concluded by saying that "the men carried out the orders of the magistrates, communicated to them through him." With regard to the latter part of the Question of the hon. and learned Gentleman, the officer in command has reported that he was on the other side of the bridge at the time in question. Any question arising out of the finding of the jury would be a matter for civil inquiry, and if the hon. and learned Member puts any question respecting it to the Law Officers for Ireland they will be able to give him an answer.


said, he would call the attention of the House to the subject on another occasion.