HC Deb 07 July 1882 vol 271 cc1781-2

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to a paragraph in the "Freeman's Journal" of the 1st instant, purporting to proceed from the correspondent of that paper at Boyle, county Roscommon, and stating that Captain Owen Wynne, of Hazlewood, county Sligo, had been fired at the previous evening, while seated at his parlour window, by a party of three men wearing disguises, and that the bullets had passed quite close to his head and lodged in the opposite wall; whether Captain Wynne is at present, and has been for some time past, residing out of Ireland, and whether the statement that he had been fired at, or his house fired into, was a complete invention; whether he is aware of a report that the statement in question was despatched by telegraph from Sligo; and, whether the resources of the telegraph department have been employed to discover who sent the message?


Sir, I have seen the paragraph referred to, and I have also seen Captain Wynne's statement, that he has been residing out of Ireland for some time, and that there is no truth in the alleged outrage. The Government has no information as to the sources from which the inaccurate report was supplied to The Freeman's Journal, nor has any inquiry been made on the subject.