MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that on the 1064 piece of land recently taken by the War Office for the construction of a rifle range at Finner, county Donegal, a cairn of great antiquity, which is held in great veneration by the people of the district, and is believed to contain the ashes of some Irish chiefs, is being demolished and the material used in the construction of the range; and whether, as this cairn stands on the highest part of the land and would not in any way interfere with its use, and as the necessary material can be got elsewhere in the neighbourhood, he will instruct the military authorities to stop further demolition of the cairn?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Inquiries are necessary before I can answer this question fully. Meanwhile, orders have been telegraphed to stop any destruction of the cairn if it is going on.