§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, (1) whether he is aware that the 1346 officer in charge of the coastguard station at Youghal, county Cork, recently employed coastguardsmen in order to enforce his claim to a disputed right of way through the grounds of his next door neighbour; and (2) whether it is competent for an officer in Her Majesty's Service to utilise men under his command for the purpose of asserting a private claim?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. W. E. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S
No such action as that alleged in the first paragraph of the Question was taken in. the case referred to. The occupant of the house adjacent to the one inhabited by the Inspecting Commander of the Coastguard at Youghal, endeavoured to stop a long-established right of way by a barrier of shrubs planted in barrels. A coastguard man, proceeding to the Commander's residence on his daily routine of duty, moved aside one of the obstacles to admit of his passing to the house. I am informed that the barrier has been removed and the right of way confirmed as the result of legal proceedings which have been taken. The answer to the second paragraph is in the negative.