§ MR. BLANE (Armagh, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in the case of the four evictions which were carried out last week on the Massereene Estate, County Louth, by bailiffs in the absence of the Sheriff, the bailiffs had their appointment from the Sheriff in writing to carry out those decrees; and if it is true that Constable Brady, of the police hut Monasterboice, reported that a shot fired by an emergency man named James Parks grazed the side of his cap; and, if so, will the authorities order an investigation?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
I understand that the bailiffs referred to were regularly appointed Sheriff's bailiffs. The facts are not accurately stated in the second paragraph. The person mentioned is not an emergency man, but a new tenant. No com- 886 plaint appears to have been made that the shot grazed the constable's cap, and the District Inspector who has inquired into the case is of opinion that there would be no ground for such an allegation.