HC Deb 05 May 1882 vol 269 cc240-1

asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether it is a fact that a gentleman named M'Gloin was yesterday attacked by an assassin on the high road near Foxford, Ireland, who presented a revolver at his breast; and, whether Mr. M'Gloin thereupon shot his assailant dead; and, whether it is also true that two farmers named Dunnan were, because they grazed cattle on a "Boycotted" farm, on their return from Ballaghadrin fair, set upon by a band of men and so savagely beaten that the life of one of them is despaired of?


Sir, with reference to the latter part of the Question, I have no information; and, in the absence of that information, I am inclined to think that it is only one of those sensational cases which are often appearing in the newspapers, and in which there is no truth. As to the first part of the Question, I am sorry to say it is true. I have a Report upon the subject, which I will read to the House. It states that whilst Mr. M'Gloin was driving to the Petty Sessions, at Foxford, a discharged soldier, named Patrick Jennings, came up to the cart and raised his arm in a suspicious manner. Mr. M'Gloin saw a revolver in his hand, and heard a click. He then fired four rounds from his rifle, and Jennings was killed by the fourth shot. The revolver was found in the hand of the murdered—["Oh, oh‡"]—well, the dead man. None of the rounds were fired; but one of the caps was indented, indicating that Jennings intended to murder, and had attempted to fire the revolver.