HC Deb 12 May 1884 vol 288 cc27-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that on Saturday the 19th of April two respectable farmers named Thomas Buckley and Richard Power, residing near Kilmacthomas, in the county of Waterford, were arrested at ten o'clock at night while they were returning home; that they were immediately handcuffed, brought a distance of two miles, and detained the whole night in a filthy cell, from which two drunken men had just been removed; that these farmers were well known to Constable Jeffs who arrested them; that, when brought before the magistrate next morning, they were immediately ordered to be released; and, whether he will take steps to prevent for the future such acts?


These two men were met by the police outside the house of the caretaker of an evicted farmer, who was recently visited by an in armed party. They said they were there on business, but refused to state what it was. They were arrested under the 3rd section of the Crimes Act, and wrought to Kilmacthomas. As they resisted arrest they were handcuffed, and they were put in the cell during the light, but the cell was not dirty. In the morning they were brought before a magistrate, who let them out on their own promise to appear when called. As there was some informality in the lotion of the magistrate, no further action can be taken. The police do not appear to have acted improperly in these cases.