HC Deb 10 June 1884 vol 288 c1888

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he could state what is the complement of police for the county of Waterford; what was the number of extra police imposed on the county last year, and for the payment of which a presentment of £1,469 15s. has been sought; where were the extra police stationed; and, why were extra police imposed on a county which is, and has been for several years, almost wholly free from crime?


The strength of the Parliamentary free force is 219 for the county of Waterford. Of that number, the average of extra men chargeable to the Grand Jury during 1883 was 102. They are stationed throughout the county. This number has since been reduced by 40 men. It is not correct to say that the county is, and has been, almost wholly free from crime for several years past. On the contrary, outrages were from time to time committed which rendered extra special patrols and protection necessary. During this period these legitimate charges for extra police were distributed fairly over the county.


gave Notice that he would put a further Question on Monday.