HC Deb 24 March 1884 vol 286 cc592-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, in 1868, Daniel Walsh, then a member of the Metropolitan Police Force, was charged with collecting money for Fenian purposes; and, whether, on investigation, it was proved that the only purpose for which he had collected was for a Roman Catholic church in Ballymoney, county Antrim?


, in reply, said, there was never any allegation made that this man collected money for Fenian purposes. He was charged with collecting money for a school, and as that was contrary to the Rules of the Police Force, he was reprimanded, He (Sir William Harcourt) would ask the hon. Member to consider whether a small question of discipline in the Police Force occurring 16 years ago was one that ought to occupy the attention of the House?


May I ask, Sir, whether this man is followed up to this day by detectives, and prevented from obtaining employment in London by the repetition of this old story?


I know nothing about what the hon. Member refers to; and I am only surprised that I was able to get any information at all about a small reprimand occurring in the Force 16 years ago.