HC Deb 14 August 1896 vol 44 c829
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Cavan, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what action the Inspector General has taken or proposes to take on the several complaints preferred by James M'Govern, of Swanlinbar, County Cavan, against District Inspector Markham and Head Constable D'Alton, of the Swanlinbar Constabulary Force, in employing several members of that body in soliciting and importuning witnesses in the recent civil actions tried at the Enniskillen Assizes before Justice Madden and a special jury, and which have resulted in the jury finding verdicts in both cases in favour of Mr. M'Govern, having regard to the undertaking contained in the letter of the Assistant Inspector General of 4th May last, in which he stated that he would forbid that any members of the force should be withdrawn from their public duties in a case of this nature; and, if an inquiry on oath will be ordered into the several acts complained of?


The undertaking given by the Assistant Inspector General was, I am assured, strictly complied with, and there is no intention to direct any further inquiry into the complaints preferred by Mr. M'Govern.


Is it not the fact that the district inspector whose action was complained of has since been removed to Kerry, and will the head constable also be removed?


I see no reason to take action of that kind. It is true that this inspector has been removed to Kerry, but that has not been done by way of censuring him.