HC Deb 13 June 1881 vol 262 cc340-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If there is any official record of the refusal of the Irish Executive, through Mr. Drummond, to grant the aid of the Civil and Military powers to effect the service of Exchequer processes upon tenant farmers, as stated in the following passage of Mr. M'Lennon's Life of Drummond:— The Tithes Commutation had not yet (1836) been carried, and in various parts a hot war wag being carried on against the peasantry to levy the tithes by force. In one parish in Munster alone the police in a single week accompanied four commissions of rebellion. Writs of rebellion, seisures, auction sales for tithes, and wholesale ejectments were every where being enforced. Even these means did not suffice the tithes collectors; ''An incident in these weeks was the application to Government of Mr. Talbot Glasscock, attorney to the Dean of St. Patrick's, for the 'aid of the Civil and Military powers to effect the service of the Exchequer processes upon some of the Dean's parishioners in the county of Kilkenny.' The application, like many similar ones made at that time, was refused.


, in reply, said, he did not think they had any such records in the Castle. What there might be in the Record Office he could not tell; but as he was so deeply engaged with what was going on at present, he did not know that he could undertake to go back to 1836 in the way of inquiry.