HC Deb 03 April 1879 vol 245 c270

wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland a Question, of which he said he had given him private Notice. It was, Whether it was true that attempts had been made since the present month began to burn a Protestant school in the district of Connemara, county Galway, whereby lives were endangered, and whether a large force of constabulary had been sent to the spot?


asked the right hon. Gentleman to state at the same time, Whether it was true that a Roman Catholic clergyman had been beaten in the same district?


I am sorry to say it is true that outrages have occurred in Galway which have necessitated the despatch of a considerable body of constabulary to the scene. With regard to the Question of the hon. and gallant Member for Galway (Major Nolan), I regret to say that the name of a clergyman has been mentioned in connection with the matter, and that he is alleged to have taken part in the disturbances. As the subject is under judicial investigation, it would not be proper for me at present to express any opinion upon it.