§ MR. J. E. REDMOND (Wexford, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether an action was recently commenced against the police at Ennis by Mr. Dennis MacNamara, a local newsvendor, for stealing the publishing board and placard of United Ireland placed outside his shop; whether, by way of defence, the police paid a sum of money to meet their liability in the matter; and, whether, if this be so, instructions will now be issued to the police, in Clare and elsewhere, not to interfere in future with placards of newspapers outside newsvendors' shops?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
The Inspector General of Constabulary reports that an action for damages against certain members of the Constabulary at Ennis for carrying away a board exposed outside the licensed premises of Dennis MacNamara was instituted. Five shillings was lodged in Court by the solicitor for the constables to meet a liability which was denied, the amount being considered sufficient, should the jury give a verdict for the complainant. The solicitor for the constables recently received a notice that the case would not be proceeded with.