HC Deb 26 April 1888 vol 325 cc597-8
MR. H. J. WILSON (York, W.R., Holmfirth)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he has had it reported to him that Patrick Kelly, farmer and carpenter, was assaulted at Clonmorlan, on the road between Portumna and his house, near Woodford, by two constables, on the night of Saturday the 14th of April; whether, while Kelly was holding his horse's head, the constables kicked him, and struck him with their fists and with their rifles; whether the constables fired two shots; whether Brid get Kelly begged for mercy, and John Tuohy, who was with Kelly and his sister, ran away, for fear of his life, to the house of Thomas Porter; whether the shots were heard by Thomas Porter, William Feanagan, and James Lyons; whether Kelly reported the circumstances to the sergeant at Rossmore Barracks; whether Kelly has sworn an information before John K. Burt, J.P., of Woodford, who refused to issue warrants; and, what action is going to be taken in the matter?


, in reply, said, that the County Inspector, Royal Irish Constabulary, reported that having proceeded to Kelly's house he found no marks on him, nor had he the appearance of having been assaulted. The two constables denied having interfered with Kelly, or having discharged their rifles. Both constables were regular in their return off duty, and they both had their proper number of rounds of ammunition. It was true that Mr. Burke, J.P., refused to issue a warrant; but he told Kelly that he might summon the police con-stable if he chose.