HC Deb 08 August 1889 vol 339 cc791-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, at 4.15 a.m. on 29th July, a bailiff named Wales, assisted by police, forced open the door of Mr. Bernard Reynolds, one of the tenants on the Crocker estate, in South Donegal, against whom a degree for rent had been obtained at the suit of the landlord, and that, having forced open the door, rushed into the house, and demanded from Mrs. Reynolds, who was only partially dressed, the keys of the outhouses in which the cattle, the subjects of the proposed seizure for rent, were; and, on the keys being refused, the police and bailiff broke open the doors of the outhouses and seized the cattle; and, whether he will be able to say whether the police in thus assisting the bailiff were acting within their duty? I may say that two paragraphs of the question has been eliminated, which makes it rather poor English.


I am informed that the door of the dwelling-house was not forced open by the bailiff or the police, but was opened by some one inside, whereupon they entered. The police did not break down any door, or assist in any way. They were there to afford their personal protection solely.