§ MR. T. P. O'CONNOR (for Mr. SEXTON)
asked the Secretary of State for War, If it is true that a force of about two hundred soldiers and as many police have been occupied for some days past in warlike operations around a ruin called "Quinlan's Castle," situate at New Pallas, in the county Limerick, in which some tenants threatened with eviction had taken refuge; if the forces, having first laid siege to the ruin, were, after a time, directed to retire, and did so, but if, subsequently, after a council had been held between the sheriff, the military officers, the stipendiary magistrate, and the officers of police, another advance was made, and the whole available force invested the ruin, with a view to reduce its occupants by starvation; if there is any later intelligence from the scene of these operations; and, if he will be able to lay before the House an estimate of their cost?
§ MR. CHILDERS
In reply to the hon. Member's Question, I have to inform the House that a detachment, consisting of about 200 men, accompanied the police and resident magistrate to a farmhouse, near Castletown, on the 21st instant, and returned to Limerick on the same day. I have no further informa- 1639 tion on the subject. The railway fares to and from Pallas Station were about £28.