HC Deb 19 August 1895 vol 36 cc274-5

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether he has received a communication from the Town Commissioners of Down-patrick, through their chairman, with reference to the training of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles at Downpatrick, where they have their quarters; whether he is aware they have been quartered there for 24 years, and that about 18 years ago a suitable drill ground was acquired there, and that from a sanitary point of view, and for a good water supply, it has always been considered one of the best drill grounds in Ireland; and, whether, considering that a first class rifle range lately used by the regiment is within easy distance of the place, he will consider the desirability of directing that future trainings shall take place at Downpatrick?


The communication referred to has been received. There is nothing to be said against Downpatrick from a sanitary point of view; but unfortunately the range cannot safely be used with any modern rifle; and it cannot be made safe. Two public roads cross the danger area. Under the circumstances, and with every desire to meet the wishes of the inhabitants of Downpatrick, the Secretary of State is unable to sanction the training of the battalion at a place where the men cannot have proper musketry instruction.