HC Deb 21 April 1884 vol 287 cc126-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a series of outrages were committed on the night of Saturday the 22nd of March, or early morning of Sunday the 23rd, between the town of Tipperary and the Limerick Junction, two miles distant, including the breaking of railway lamps at Tip- perary Station, the smashing of the distance signal of the Waterford and Limerick Bail way at the Limerick Junction, and the robbery of the large lamp belonging to same, as well as the setting fire to a rick of hay belonging to Mr. James Dwyer, of Bohererone, about halfway between Tipperary Station and Limerick Junction; whether the night watchman in Tipperary met between 3 and 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, three youths with the large signal lamp stolen from the junction in their possession; whether these youths admitted their guilt on being arrested; and, whether they are being prosecuted by the authorities?


I am informed that no such series of outrages on the railway occurred; but that on the night mentioned three school-boys in a foolish freak took a signal lamp from the line and carried it openly into the town of Tipperary. It was found with them, as stated, by a night watchman; and they were subsequently arrested by the police and brought before two magistrates, by whose desire the matter was reported to the Railway Company in order that they might take proceedings if they wished. The boys were severely punished by the school authorities, two being expelled and the third flogged; and the Government do not think the matter calls for further notice. There is no reason to suppose that the boys had anything to with the burning of Mr. Dwyer's hay, which occurred a mile and a-half away.