HC Deb 04 August 1890 vol 347 cc1751-2

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland if he has now read the depositions in the case of "District Inspector Ball v. David Kent;" if he has seen the depositions of Edward Kent, who swears that he had about a score of lambs to sell at the fair, and that his brother, the defendant, came up followed by a constable, and that he told his brother that the lambs would not be taken from him if the constable remained alongside; and if, in view of this sworn statement of deponent, the Constabulary Authorities are entitled by law to order policemen to shadow cattledealers or farmers engaged in buying or selling transactions at fairs or markets in Ireland?


I have seen the depositions in the case referred to. Having regard to the charge on which the adjudication took place, it was not necessary to go into evidence as to the maintenance of the boycotting, which the police were endeavouring to put down; but I may state that no such orders were given as is assumed in the concluding paragraph of the question.