HC Deb 18 March 1887 vol 312 c708
MR. CHANCE(for Mr. T. M. HEALY) (Longford, N.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Why no police are stationed in Tobermore, South Derry; is it the fact that Nationalists passing through the village are exposed at night to constant apprehensions of violence, that in other villages of the constituency the population and number of police are as follows:—

Magherafelt, pop. 1,514, eleven police
Moneymore, pop 588, six Police
Castledawson, pop. 160, five police
Ballyronon, pop. 100, five police
Gulladuff, pop. 50, five police

while Tobermore, with over 400 inhabitants, has no police; and, if protection in future will be afforded to travellers through that village?

MR. LEA (Londonderry, S.)

said, before the Question was answered, he would ask if the inhabitants of Tobermore did not bear the highest character as people of orderly conduct; and if it were not quite unnecessary for the police to be stationed there?


In answer to the Question on the Paper, I am informed that the statistical portions are correct. No single instance is known to the District Inspector of any violence having been offered to the Nationalists of Tobermore. The locality is a particularly peaceable one, and adequate police protection is afforded by patrols from the neighbouring stations. I hope the hon. Gentleman (Mr. Lea) will take that as a complete answer to his Question.