HC Deb 20 March 1883 vol 277 cc937-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he has observed that, from the Return of Agrarian Outrages reported to the Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary last month, it appears that no such offence, either against the person, against property, or against the public peace, was committed during the month in any part of the county Sligo; and, whether the Irish Government during the Recess will consider the removal from the county of any extra police which may be quartered there, so as to relieve the ratepayers of the county from any special burden imposed on them "by reason of the existence or apprehension of crime and outrage?"


Sir, I have observed the gratifying circumstance referred to; but I am afraid it will be slightly modified by the Return for this month. I will make inquiry with the view of ascertaining to what extent the absence of agrarian crime may be considered due to the presence of the extra police, and whether the latter can to any extent be removed with safety to the public peace. It must be remembered, that under the Prevention of Crimes Act, districts may be proclaimed as requiring extra police on account of the apprehension of outrage, and it appears by the latest reports that "Boycotting" still exists in the only district in Sligo which is so proclaimed.