HC Deb 03 May 1883 vol 278 cc1706-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Is it by authority from Dublin Castle that Constable Maurice Maloney is endeavouring to persuade Lord Cloncurry's evicted tenants at Murroe, county Limericn, to submit to pay his Lordship all costs, and his old rents, for a term of sixty years; is he aware that one of the results of this constable's visits to the evicted tenants is a fear of arrest for their refusal to comply with his requests; and, will he take such steps as shall prevent police constables going about amongst the tenantry of Ireland, and using the peculiar influence which the present state of the Law in that Country gives them in the financial interests of the landlords'?


Sir, Constable Maloney has received no directions, either from Dublin Castle or elsewhere, to act in the manner described, and he denies that he has done so either directly or indirectly. It is right, of course, that the authorities should endeavour to keep themselves informed as to the state of public feeling with regard to a matter which, while it remains unsettled, constitutes a standing menace to the peace of the district.


asked whether the right hon. Gentleman had received any information as to the terms Lord Cloncurry had offered to his tenants?


I have not personally received any information since the earlier stage of the proceedings. I will, however, make it my duty to learn what those terms are.