§ MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, At what date or dates the 43 men stated to be acting as 1682 extra police in the North Riding of Tipperary were appointed for that duty; whether these 43 men represent the exact number by which the Parliamentary quota in the district stands reduced; whether the district is at present acknowledged to be in a peaceful condition, and cannot, therefore, be "declared by proclamation to be in a state of disturbance" to warrant extra police; and, whether, having regard to these facts, the extra police will be withdrawn, and, if necessary, the Parliamentary quota restored to its original number, 309?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: On the 23rd of January, 1882, 64 police were sent to the North Riding of Tipperary, and on the 4th of August following 50 men. That force has been gradually reduced to the present number of 43. The question of extra police in counties comes under the consideration of the authorities yearly; and on the last occasion the matter was before them the Local Authorities responsible for the peace of the district of the North Riding could not advise the withdrawal of the force,