HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 c392

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is true that it has been already decided to place an iron hut and eight police in the town land of Soran, parish of Killoe, Longford, for the protection of Mr. John M'Guire, whose house was burned on the morning of the 22nd of May last; and if, before taking such proceedings, the Executive have given, or will give, the ratepayers an opportunity of showing whether the burning was malicious or not?


A police hut has been placed in the district mentioned; and five—not eight—men are stationed in it for Mr. M'Guire's protection. The burning of his house is only an indication of the state of feeling existing towards him in the district, as he has for some time past been subjected to persecution and "Boycotting," and requires police protection. It is the duty of the Executive, before proclaiming a district for additional police under the Prevention of Crime Act, to make inquiry, with the view of being fully satisfied as to the necessity for such a course, and this was done in this case?