HC Deb 29 June 1899 vol 73 c995

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, will if he explain why head Constable J. O'Brien, R.I.C., Millstreet, who was ordered to be transferred to Middleton, County Cork, for a breach of discipline, as the result of a charge brought against him by ex-Sergeant M'Keever, is still retained in Millstreet; and has the transfer order been cancelled; and, if so, for what reason and by what authority.


Ex-Sergeant M'Keever immediately on his retirement from the Constabulary brought forward a series of charges against his District Inspector, Head Constable, and others. These charges were closely inquired into, and the great bulk of them were found to be groundless and vindicative. It appeared, however, that on the occasion of the District Inspector's marriage the police of the district made a presentation to his wife and that the Head Constable co-operated with them. This action on their part constituted a breach of the regulations of the Force, and the Inspector-General ordered the Head Constable to be transferred to another station. The Head Constable represented subsequently that he would retire from the Force in September next, and the Inspector-General in view of this and other special circumstances, as well as having regard to the excellence of his past service, cancelled the order for his transfer.