HC Deb 24 November 1884 vol 294 c237

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that an old labouring man named John Mackey, while returning from his work, was attacked by a party of Orangemen at Killyfaddy, near Clogher, on the night of the 13th of November; whether the assailants lit matches to scan Mr. Mackey's face, and, having satisfied themselves of his personality, beat him so cruelly that he had to be carried to his home in Clogher; whether his life is in danger from the attack of which he is the victim; whether any arrests have been made in connection with this outrage; and, whether, as Clogher is a proclaimed district, the provisions of the Crimes Act will be put in force to discover the authors of this outrage, and the direction of the investigations committed to a magistrate who is not a member of the Orange Society?


I have received a Report on this matter, but as I find that summonses have been issued against some persons, and that the hearing of the cases is pending, I cannot at present make any observations on the subject, or enter at all into the merits of the case. I may say, however, that it is not the case that Mackey's life is or has been endangered by the occurrence.