§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has investigated the riots caused by Orangemen at Ballinahinch on the 12th May last, in which the houses of Roman Catholics were attacked and injured; whether he has found that Mr. Campbell, J.P., was the attacking party, and subsequently sat on the bench at petty sessions where the cases were brought 714 for trial; and whether he can state the result of his investigations, and what action, if any, the Crown will take?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
My right honourable Friend has already, in answer to two previous questions, detailed at some length the circumstances connected with the disturbances at Ballinahinch on the date mentioned. It is the fact that Mr. Campbell sat on the bench at petty sessions when the cases arising out of the disturbances were brought up for investigation, but the most careful inquiry made by the police has failed to substantiate the allegation that he was with the attacking party on the 12th May. As already stated, proceedings were at once instituted by the Crown against a number of persons for riot on the occasion; informations have been refused by the magistrates against two of the defendants, and the cases against nine other defendants have been adjourned until Monday next.