§ MR. J. E. REDMOND (Wexford, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Constable Reilly, who died of heart disease while on duty in Wexford on the night of July 23rd, had been for some time in a delicate state of health; whether on the day of his death he had been on duty for about 15 hours without rest or refreshment; whether the verdict of the Coroner's jury censured the authorities for keeping him on duty for which he was physically unfit; whether he had served in the Royal Irish Constabulary for 20 years; and, whether, in view of 704 all the circumstances, his wife and family of eight children will be in some measure provided for?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said, the County Inspector of Constabulary stated that no Report was made that Reilly had over been in delicate health; but he was always considered to be a strong man. He had received no specific treatment for the past six years on account of illness. Reilly was paraded for duty at 9.45 a.m., and he went off at 9.25 p.m. He was seven hours actively on duty, and had three meals during the day. The Coroner's jury stated that he was employed on duty whilst in a weak state of health; but there was no evidence to show that. Reilly had been 28¾ years in the service; and, in addition to the grant from the Constabulary Force Fund, his widow is entitled to a pension so long as she remains a widow, and the children will receive an allowance until they attain, the age of 15 years.