§ MR. GILHOOLY (Cork, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a smith 154 named Hegarty, who resides at Dunmannus, county Cork, and who has police protection, has been arrested by his escort on a charge of drunkenness; if Hegarty was subsequently summoned to the Durrus Petty Sessions on the same charge; and, whether the magistrates of the Durrus Petty Sessions dismissed the charge of drunkenness against Hegarty, though the policeman, who was also arrested, was fined 30s. by the Police authorities on the charge of drunkenness, supported by the same testimony?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
Hegarty was not arrested by his escort, but was summoned on a charge of drunkenness. The evidence was conflicting, and the magistrates appear to have given him the benefit of the doubt. The constable who was charged with drunkenness admitted his offence against discipline, and was punished accordingly.