§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the police authorities of Skibbereen have knowledge of a girl named Mary Collins, a domestic servant, having been assaulted (as she alleges) on the 20th instant by her employer; whether the girl, who was wounded in the head, was attended by Dr. Roycroft, and what was his conclusion; and whether the police have instituted a prosecution in this case, or intend to do so?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
In this case it is alleged by Mary Collins that her employer assaulted her on the 20th April 166 by striking her with a whip. It is a fact that she was attended by the medical gentleman named, but, as the case will form the subject of investigation before the magistrates in petty sessions tomorrow, it is not advisable at present to make any further statement in reference to the matter.