HC Deb 24 March 1896 vol 39 c53

On behalf of the hon. Member for South Donegal, Mr. SWIFT MACNEILL, I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether the headquarters of the Donegal Militia, which it was authoritatively announced some time ago, was the intention of the authorities to fix at Ballyshannon, have been again fixed at Lifford this year; whether Lord Wolseley when Commander of the Forces in Ireland, visited Ballyshannon for the purpose of directing the arrangements necessary for the establishment of the headquarters of the Donegal Militia in that town; what has led to the departure from the original arrangement; and, is it in contemplation, having regard to the exceptional advantages of Ballyshannon for that purpose, to establish in future the headquarters of the Militia in that town?


There has been no change in the intention to move the headquarters of the 5th battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from Lifford to Ballyshannon, but the Commander of the Forces did not think it desirable to do so until certain other troops could be moved from Ballyshannon. The re-appropriation of the Ballyshannon barracks is now being dealt with, but the training must take place this year at Lifford.