HC Deb 25 July 1887 vol 317 c1883
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he Is aware that the district inspector, head constable, sergeant, and acting-sergeant of the Royal Irish Constabulary stationed at Magherafelt, in the Comity of Derry, are all of them Protestants; whether a Catholic sergeant and three Catholic constables were recently removed from Magherafelt, and a Protestant sergeant and Protestant constables sent there instead; whether he can state the reason for removing the Catholic policemen from Magherafelt, and in having none but Protestant officers in that station; and whether it is the intention of the Government to adopt this practice generally, or only in counties where evictions have taken place or are likely to take place?


(who replied) said, that at Magherafelt the District Inspector was a Protestant, the head constable was a Presbyterian, but the sergeant was a Roman Catholic, acting as such in the absence of one who was on temporary duty elsewhere. A Catholic sergeant was recently transferred upon his marriage in accordance with the Regulations, and he was replaced by a man of the same religious persuasion. In the removals rendered necessary by the exigencies of the Public Service, a Roman Catholic sergeant had been temporarily replaced by a Protestant; but the former would return when his present term of duty expired.