§ MR. BIGGAR
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, seeing that young Waller had firearms in his possession on the occasion of the riots in Perry in November last, he will make inquiry as to whether Waller had an excise licence to carry arms, and, if not, why has he not been prosecuted for a violation of 33 and 34 Vic. c. 57; whether he had special licence to carry arms in a proclaimed 9 district, and, if not, why he has not been prosecuted under the Crimes Act; and, to ask some questions regarding Taylor McCandlers, who was charged with firing a revolver at female factory hands?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
Waller, referred to in the Question, had not an Excise licence, or a licence to carry arms in a proclaimed district. At the time of the riots in Derry, in November last, the names of four persons, members of the Protestant party, including Waller, were mentioned as having arms or filing shots. The names of four persons who took part in the Lord Mayor's Procession were also mentioned as having arms or firing shots. The Attorney General did not consider the evidence satisfactory against either side, as in each instance it consisted of partisans of the other side only, and in some instances the person alleged to have fired shots was the person who made the countercharges. Under these circumstances, and as an important conviction was had, no prosecution will be now instituted against these alleged offenders of either party. As regards Taylor M'Candlers, a bill against him was sent up to the Grand Jury and ignored. No prosecution would lie under the Gun Licence Act or Peace Preservation Act, as the use of the revolver as alleged was in a dwelling-house or its curtilage.
§ MR. BIGGAR
Is it not the fact that the shot was fired on the footpath of the street, and not within a dwelling-house?