HC Deb 04 April 1889 vol 334 cc1566-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland how many days had the County Inspector of Leitrim and the District Inspector and Head Constable of Carrick-on-Shannon been absent from their duties whilst attending as witnesses for the Times; when were they examined; who was in charge of the district of Carrick-on-Shannon during their absence; what was the maximum period during which the rules permit a constable to remain in the County Inspector's office; and had that term been exceeded by constables in Carrick-on-Shannon; if so, can he state on what grounds?


I am informed that the County Inspector of Leitrim and the District Inspector of Carrick-on-Shannon were absent from their stations for 108 days and 27 days respectively while attending on subpoena in London in connection with the Special Commission. No Head Constable was absent from Carrick-on-Shannon. The County Inspector was examined in the end of January, and the District Inspector about the middle of December. District Inspector Connaughton was in charge of Carrick-on-Shannon district. No constable was employed in the County Inspector's office except the ordinary police clerks. There is no rule fixing the period in which a constable may be so employed should the amount of the work necessitate such employment.