§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork E.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, whether his attention has been called to a claim made by Denis Doolan, of Walshtownbeg, Templenacarriga, county Cork, at the recent Ballymore 997 Presentment Sessions, for malicious injury to a cow; whether he is aware that the magistrates and cesspayers almost unanimously rejected the claim, in consequence of the medical evidence having plainly proved that the wounds were inflicted upon the cow after she had died a natural death; and, whether, in view of the frequent frauds perpetrated upon Irish ratepayers by the presentation of similar fictitious claims, the Crown will institute proceedings against the claimant in this case?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. J. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
My attention has been called to the claim referred to and to the rejection of it by the Presentment Sessions. It is still competent for the claimant to prefer his claim before the Grand Jury, and until the time for doing so has passed, or the claim, if made, has been adjudicated upon, I think it is premature to state the intention of the Crown with regard to the prosecution of the claimant.