HC Deb 22 June 1882 vol 271 c29

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he would have any objection to lay upon the Table of the House a Return of all murders of tenants, herds, and caretakers; also of all cases of mutilation of men and beasts since the month of June 1880?


Sir, I do not quite understand whether the hon. Member wishes the information to be given in detail, or whether he wishes it to be confined to agrarian eases. If he merely wants a numerical Return I can give it him now. Since the 1st of June, 1880, there have been 19 cases of murders of tenants, herds, and caretakers; there have been 213 cases of cutting or maiming the person, including non-agrarian cases; and there have been 598 cases of killing, cutting, or maiming cattle, including non-agrarian cases. If the hon. Member wishes to have the agrarian cases taken out, I will do so, and give the Return on Friday. I interpret the expression "murder of tenants" to mean murder of occupiers of agricultural holdings, from agrarian motive.