HC Deb 30 August 1880 vol 256 c652

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that the constabulary of the County Down have been ordered for a fortnight's drill; that such is of a purely military character; at whose cost is the travel and transport from one part of the county to another; and, whether the Government intend to put a stop to the military organization of the Irish Constabulary?


Before the right hon. Gentleman answers the Question, I would like to ask him if the Constabulary are not reviewed in the Fifteen Acres in Phoenix Park far oftener than the military—namely, once a week?


I really cannot answer either of these Questions. As regards the last, I have no doubt it is the case; but if the hon. Member will put his Question on the Paper, so as to give me an opportunity of making inquiries, I shall be able to answer him more precisely. As to the first Question, I heard it for the first time by the Notice of the hon. Member, and have had no Report on the subject.