HC Deb 20 March 1882 vol 267 cc1270-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is a fact that the agent of Lord Gormanstown, Mr. H. M'Dougall, did, a few days ago, on the Meath property of his Lordship, set fire to the houses in which were a number of people whom he charged with having taken forcible possession, although he had failed to substantiate his case before a legal tribunal; and did Mr. M'Dougall act legally in so doing?


, in reply, said, it was a fact that some houses had been set fire to on Lord Gormanstown's property. He (Mr. W. E. Forster) advised that, pending the period for redemption, the property evicted for non-payment of rent should not be destroyed.