HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 c401

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, "Whether the Rev. Mr. M'Neece, Protestant Rector of Ballintay, county Antrim, did recently attempt to take away by force, from the house of his uncle, an orphan child six years old, named James M'Kay; did the half brother of the child apply for police protection; what protection was given, and when; and, will he instruct the police authorities to give sufficient protection for the time to come?


I am informed that the Rev. Mr. M'Neece denies having acted in the manner alleged, or that he had the most remote idea of acting illegally in the matter. He was requested by the mother of the child, who was a Protestant, to have him educated in that faith. The half-brother of the child did apply for police protection; but, unless grounds of personal violence were shown, this would not be given; and from Reports received from the District Inspector and others at Ballycastle, the County Inspector satisfied himself that there was no danger of the child being interfered with, and consequently that no police protection was required.