HC Deb 27 March 1885 vol 296 cc824-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Is there any regulation in the Constabulary Code against constables fishing; and, if so, can a copy of it be seen, and how do constables who may receive licences free from the Lismore Board of Conservators evade the regulation; and, have the Inspectors of Irish Fisheries perused the books and accounts of the district, as they are empowered to do under the thirty-eighth section, eleventh and twelfth Victoria, chapter ninety-two, and found out the illegal practice now admitted to have been adopted in the Lismore district; and, if so, have they taken any steps to caution the Conservators against these illegal acts, or remonstrated with them; and, if not, will directions be given to them to do so?


The men of the Royal Irish Constabulary are allowed, under the Regulations, to amuse themselves by fishing during leisure hours. The Inspectors of Fisheries have not inspected the books and accounts of the Lismore district since the Board of Conservators adopted the practice of giving free licences. The admission that the practice is illegal, which the hon. Member refers to, was not made by me.