HC Deb 05 August 1887 vol 318 c1355
DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is a fact that Constable Austin, of the Royal Irish Constabulary, lately stationed at Coolykerane and Ballyvourney, has been discharged from, that Force; whether his wife, Abina Austin, was the girl upon whom it was alleged the aggravated assault was made by Moonlighters; whether his attention has been called to a letter written by Austin to The Cork Daily Herald, 30th July, stating that he was discharged from the Constabulary because he refused to force his wife to give false evidence against three respectable young men who were arrested at the instance of District Inspector Hill and charged with moonlighting on the occasion referred to; whether Austin has also stated— That the officer, District Inspector Hill and the Head Constable went to a field away from the House where the outrage was stated to have taken place in order to frighten the girl and make her swear what they liked, and that, in order to get rid of Austin, the authorities offered to recommend him for the Liverpool Force; and, whether a full inquiry will be made into the truth of these allegations?