HC Deb 10 March 1884 vol 285 cc1016-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to the death of Francis M'Glone, on the 22nd February, from injuries received on the 16th February, near Dungannon, when he was attacked by a crowd of Orangemen near the Catholic Church; if he will state what was the political and religious composition of the coroner's jury; if instructions will be given to the police, where party murders occur in Ulster, to avoid summoning at inquests jurymen who might be alleged to be partisans; what steps the police have taken to bring M'Glone's murderers to justice; whether any persons have been made amenable; whether a reward for the conviction of the guilty parties has been or will be offered; whether extra police will be drafted into the locality; whether an inquisition into the murder under the Crimes Act will be held; if not, would he state on what grounds; and, whether M'Glone's dying depositions were taken, or any inquiry held, by the magistrates?


Sir, I am not aware upon what grounds the hon. Member for Monaghan (Mr. Healy) states in so positive a manner that Francis M'Glone was "attacked by a crowd of Orangemen and murdered." If he is in possession of any information in support of the assertion, I trust he will not fail to communicate it to the proper authorities. The police have been, and still are, actively engaged in endeavouring to clear up the mystery which attaches to the case, but as yet without success. The Coroner's Jury was composed equally of Roman Catholics and Protestants, none of them known as partizans; and of the two medical men who were examined, and who agreed in their evidence, one was a Roman Catholic, and the other a Protestant. The jury's verdict was an open one—that death resulted from inflammation of the brain, brought on by a contused wound, which might have been caused either by a blow or a fall. In the course of the inquiries made in connection with this case three persons have been arrested. Two have been discharged, and a third is now in custody under remand. The police do not think the case is at present ripe for the offer of a reward, or an inquiry under the Prevention of Crime Act. There is no reason to suppose that extra police are required in the district. M'Glone's informations were taken, and the case has been inquired into by the Resident and local magistrates.