§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on Monday, the 26th ultimo, the Sheriff of King's County was prevented by a mob of men, numbering over 100 and headed by two priests, from carrying out a decree of the Court of Quarter Sessions in the case of "Cuffe v. Tynan," and that, in another case on the 24th ultimo the Sheriff's bailiffs in the same county were assaulted and a horse rescued from them; and if the Government intend to take any steps to prevent the process of law being rendered nugatory in this manner?
THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. J. MORLEY, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
I am informed that the facts are substantially asstated in the question except that the number of persons assembled on the 26th of June was about 40, and that the second case referred to took place on the 23rd ultimo. With regard to the proceedings on the 26th of June, a police party of 16 men, under the command of the District Inspector, was present to afford protection to the Sheriff's Deputy, who, however, decided not to execute the writ on that occasion. The Sub-Sheriff has since determined to execute the writ on the 8th instant, when a party of police will again be present to afford him every protection. As regards the rescue of the seizure made on the 23rd of June, the police have arrested the man who effected the rescue, and he has been bailed for trial to the next Birr Quarter Sessions.