HC Deb 26 April 1883 vol 278 c1159

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, having regard to the long continued complaints of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and the Report of the Commission appointed to inquire into their grievances, the Government recognise the extreme importance of at once giving effect to the recommendations made in favour of the Force; whether there is not much dissatisfaction at the long continued delay in dealing with this most pressing question; and, whether the Government, having regard to the extreme urgency of the question, will at once introduce their Bill on the subject?


Sir, I will not enter into the question of the time which has elapsed in dealing with this matter; and, while I will not deny that some dissatisfaction exists, the conduct of the Force, I am assured by those in authority, as the right hon. and learned Gentleman would gladly admit, has been trustworthy and praiseworthy. But I am glad to take this opportunity of informing the House that on Monday I propose to introduce a Bill to amend the laws relating to the pay and pensions of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Police Force of the Dublin Metropolis.