§ MR. J. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. J. Tyrrell Byrne, J.P., Drumsna, South Leitrim, in consequence of a private quarrel with his neighbour, Mr. Peter Caslin, P.L.G., has caused instructions to be given to the Drumsna police to watch the premises of Mr. Caslin every morning in order to see if his cattle, when going to the River Shannon to drink, trespass on a footpath passing his place; and whether he will direct the police in future not to interfere, and let the parties settle their disputes in the courts of law?
MR. J. MORLEY
Under Sub-section 4 of Section 9 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851, any person driving cattle deliberately and unnecessarily on any footpath is liable to a fine of 20s. The footpath mentioned in the question is part of the public highway. It is the duty of the police to summon any person aching in contravention of the above-mentioned enactment.