HC Deb 30 November 1882 vol 275 cc378-9

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is the fact that Mr. M'Leod, R.M., has on several occasions recently used language from the Bench calculated to excite and exasperate the people of the county Wicklow, which has been so remarkable hitherto for its peaceful character; whether, on a recent occasion at Baltinglass, in a case in which Mr. George O'Toole summoned Patrick Doyle for intimidation, by using violent and disgraceful language, and threatening to stone him, Mr. M'Leod allowed the defendant's attorney to call Mr. O'Toole "a big-headed ass" and "a brute" with impunity, and without a word of condemnation; and, whether the Government will censure such conduct?


With regard to the first paragraph of this Question, Mr. M'Leod informs me that he has not at any time, from any branch of Petty Sessions, used language calculated to excite or exasperate the people of the county Wicklow. He has found it necessary to condemn strongly the system of "Boycotting," which, though recently modified, had become a nuisance in the village of Baltinglass; but his remarks could only have given offence to persons engaged in this pernicious practice. In reply to the second paragraph of the Question, Mr. M'Leod states that he has no recollection of hearing the defendant's attorney in the case referred to call Mr. O'Toole "a big headed ass." The attorney did call Mr. O'Toole "a curly-headed fellow," and was at once strongly rebuked by Mr. M'Leod, who also found it necessary to rebuke Mr. O'Toole for calling the attorney "a brute."