HC Deb 01 March 1886 vol 302 cc1519-20

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that the Dundalk constabulary received information recently that in one night several outrages had been committed in the neighbourhood, including the breaking of windows, setting fire to a haystack, and setting fire to a dwelling house; whether the constabulary, on making inquiry, learned that these outrages were committed by a landlord and magistrate in the locality with some friends of his; if it is true that the inspector of police in Dundalk used his influence to have a compromise effected between the injured parties and the perpetrators of the outrages, pointing out to the former that it was only by suppressing the names of the offending parties that compensation could be procured from the grand jury; and, whether any effort has been made by the police to bring the guilty parties to justice? In putting this Question he desired to substitute for the words "a landlord and magistrate in the locality" the words "brother of a landlord and magistrate in the locality."


The attention of the Inspector General has been called to this matter, and he has thought it necessary to order a special investigation into the circumstances of the case; but the Report of it has not yet reached us.