§ MR. DILLON
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether four policemen have been stationed for more than a year on Castle Island, off the West Coast of Cork; for what purpose are they stationed there; whether it is a fact that these policemen dig potatoes for the emergency men in charge of Mr. Mullasmion's evicted farm, row these emergency men into Schull, and do other work for them; and whether he can state how much it costs to maintain these four policemen?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Constabulary Authorities report that three policemen have been stationed on Castle Island since the 17th April, 1889. The strength was increased to four men in April, 1890. They are stationed there for the protection of Mullasmion's two caretakers and a neighbouring farmer who paid his rent, and on whose property outrage has been committed. The police do not dig potatoes for the emergency men. Having to accompany the caretakers to and from the island, they assist in rowing the boat in which all are conveyed. The police do not work 1918 for these caretakers. Approximate cost, since the formation of the protection post, £235.