HC Deb 04 August 1882 vol 273 cc745-6

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he can now give an assurance to the House that the services of Sub-Inspector Ball will be dis- pensed with; and, whether he is in a position to state that the sufferers from the affray at Ballina will be adeqately compensated?


Sir, shortly after the Ballina riot and inquests, Sub-Inspector Ball was transferred to Dun-fanaghy, County Donegal, where he is now serving. The Inspector General does not consider that sufficient grounds exist for dispensing with his services, and the Lord Lieutenant concurs with him in that view. The informations, which my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney General for Ireland directed the Sessional Crown Solicitor to apply for against the Sub-Inspector for manslaughter, have been refused by the magistrate, who carefully considered the whole of the evidence, and it is not the intention of my right hon. and learned Friend to direct any further criminal proceedings. The question of compensation is now under consideration, and I will state the result to the House before the end of the Session.