§ MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the case of Mr. John Lee, a farmer residing at Corraduff, in the Parish of Loughkean, County Tipperary, adjoining Birr, King's County, who was charged by a landlord for shooting game on his land; is he aware that, although on the hearing of the case the charge was dismissed, Mr. Lee was soon after deprived of his gun licence, which he held for a number of years; and whether he will cause full inquiry into the facts of the case, and as to the ground on which Mr. Lee was deprived of his licence?
MR. J. MORLEY
It is a fact that on the 1st February the licence held by this person was revoked by an Order of the Lord Lieutenant. The Order was not issued in consequence of the proceedings instituted against Mr. Lee at the suit of a landlord, and the District Inspector of Constabulary states he was not aware of these proceedings when the licence was revoked. As a matter of fact, the Police Reports, which were made prior to the revocation of the licence, contain no reference whatever to the prosecution of Lee for shooting game. But I intend to direct inquiry into the case.