MR. EINUCANE (Limerick, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a caretaker named Kirwan was recently charged before Colonel Lynte, R.M., at New Pallas Sessions, County Limerick, with presenting a revolver, threatening to fire and shoot an evicted tenant named Jeremiah Noonan, on Mrs. Gladstone's property, Doon, County Limerick, when Mr. Noonan, who is over 90 years of age, swore that Kirwan demanded possession, and on his refusal drew a revolver and threatened to shoot him; that Kirwan refused to show his authority for demanding possession; that no proceedings have been recently taken by the landlady to get possession of Noonan's house; and that Colonel Lynte stated that Kirwan's conduct was a very high-handed proceeding, and ordered a warrant for his arrest; and has Kirwan been arrested; and, if not, will the Constabulary be directed to take the necessary precautious to prevent him leaving the country?
MR. J. MORLEY
It is a fact that Kirwan was summoned by the evicted tenant Noonan for the offence alleged. The house in regard to the possession of which the offence was committed was not the house in which Noonan lived, but an outhouse on the evicted farm. It appears that a week previous to the occurrence a writ of summons from the Court of Exchequer had been served on Noonan requiring him to give up possession within 10 days. The Resident Magistrate made use of the expression referred to and issued a warrant for the arrest of Kirwan, who had failed to appear in obedience to the summons served on him. He has not yet been arrested, and the usual steps are being taken for his apprehension.