§ MAJOR DARWIN (Staffordshire, Lichfield)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that steps have recently been taken which appear to indicate that it is intended to remove the police force stationed in Fenit, County Kerry; that the police were removed from this station early in 1891; that an outrage followed shortly after their re- 1894 moval necessitating the return of the police; that Fenit, besides being the centre of a considerable district, is a port visited by large numbers of fishing boats at certain seasons; and that disturbances have frequently occurred at night amongst the fishermen landed from these boats; and whether he will take these circumstances into consideration before finally deciding to remove the police altogether from this locality?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. ASQUITH,) Fife, E.
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to the question addressed to him to-day. Upon the recommendation of the Local Responsible Authorities the police were withdrawn from Fenit on the 20th instant. A temporary post was first formed at this place in May, 1882, and was discontinued in April, 1892. In October, 1892, the post was re-established in consequence of a moonlighting raid in the locality. There is a police station at Spa, about three miles distant, and the Police Authorities considered the continued maintenance of a station at Fenit to be quite unnecessary.