HC Deb 04 August 1890 vol 347 c1760

I beg to ask whether ex-Constable Peter Brennan, late of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who was convicted by a Coroner's Jury of wilful murder, has been allowed or encouraged to retire from the police, and granted a pension of £72 per annum; and whether Brennan, having failed in business as a publican in Kinsale, has been recently employed as a bailiff by the Sheriff for the County of Cork?


The Constabulary Authorities report that it is the case that the ex-sergeant named was included with other members of the Force in a verdict of wilful murder, found by a Coroner's Jury, but that that verdict was subsequently quashed as an improper one by the Superior Court. He retired in ordinary course, after 30 years' service, with the pension mentioned. It is the case that he subsequently failed in business. This failure was, I am informed, owing to the system of boycotting instituted against him. He is now employed as stated in the question.


Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman try and impress upon the Executive Government in Ireland the desirability of ceasing to employ murderers and thieves for the purpose of administering the law?


Order, order!