HC Deb 21 April 1884 vol 287 cc124-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, in the course of his examination before the Commissioners, Messrs. Bewley and White, appointed to inquire into the disturbance at Derry on 1st December last, Mr. Inspector Bernard deposed as follows:— I have a list of people who can be identified in both processions, and am prepared with evidence when instructions are issued for an investigation: As what? — As in the procession firing shots: In both processions?—Yes; some firing shots from the Corporation Hall, and others from the Nationalists: Give us the names of any persons whose shots are supposed to have hit Durnion?—I have the name of a man who is alleged to have fired shots from the procession: What is Ms name?—I do not wish to mention it: Mr. Bewley: I do not think the witness ought to he required to disclose it: Mr. Dane: Very well. At all events, you have the name of a man who is alleged to have fired shots?—I have: Was he in the Lord Mayor's procession?— He was; whether any investigation has taken place, or will take place, into the officer's statement; and, whether any prosecution will be ordered of the person whose name is known to the inspector?


District Inspector Bernard did depose as stated in the Question. His statement was not founded on any knowledge of his own, but upon allegations made that a shot had been fired from the Lord Mayor's Procession by a person named Lawrence Nash, wounding Durnion. At the trial of Thomas Doherty, for the shooting of Kelly, evidence was given by two witnesses for the defence that a shot was fired by a member of the Lord Mayor's Procession, Lawrence Nash, which wounded Durnion. This evidence, which was given for the purpose of showing that Nash was the guilty party, in the cases of both Kelly and Durnion was not believed by the jury, and was not acted on by them. It is not intended to order any prosecution against Lawrence Nash, as there does not appear to be any reliable evidence against him.