HC Deb 28 May 1900 vol 83 cc1520-1
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the proceedings at the Petty Sessions Court at Newmarket, County Cork, on the 11th inst., at which court Mr. Hardy, R.M., presided; is he aware that a man named James Browne summoned a man named O'Shea (who claims the right of collecting tolls on fair days), for an assault upon him because of Browne's refusal to pay tolls on 10th May, which was a market day and not a fair day, and that the magistrates, upon O'Shea's production of some documents, dismissed the case without hearing the plaintiff; and whether, in view of the fact that O'Shea was defeated a year ago in an effort to establish his claim for payment of these tolls, the magistrates will be called upon to explain why they dismissed this case and other charges of assault without allowing the plaintiff's to be heard in court.


The answer to each paragraph is in the negative. This would appear, on the facts stated in the question, to have been a private prosecution, and the prosecutor, if he feels aggrieved by the decision of the magistrates, has his remedy at law.