§ In answer to Mr. DONAL SULLIVAN,
§ *MR. MADDEN
said the Constabulary authorities report that, with the exception of one murder of an agrarian character, the county of Westmeath is fairly quiet, though, unfortunately, it is still necessary to afford police protection to a large number of persons, in connection 18 with which 15 policemen are constantly employed. The question of the extra police force in the county has been recently inquired into, with a result that a reduction of five in the number was effected from February 1 last. No further reduction is at present possible.