HC Deb 31 July 1894 vol 27 cc1392-3
MR. W. REDMOND (Clare, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the police assisted in bringing the crops away from the farm of the Widow Garney, who was recently evicted at Bodyke by Colonel O'Callaghan; and whether the police have any authority to help the landlord in this or any other manner to carry out the work of eviction?


The Inspector General informs me that it is not the fact that the police assisted in the bringing away of crops from the evicted farm in question. It appears that the caretaker of evicted holdings in this locality, who is under personal police protection, recently visited Mrs. Garney's evicted farm and took away about a stone of potatoes and some cabbage. The police in no way assisted him, and were present in the ordinary course of protection duty.


Why did not the police help the landlord in the eviction?


They have no authority to help; their duty is simply to protect.