HC Deb 21 February 1901 vol 89 cc700-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will explain on whose authority and for what purpose an armed force of the Royal Irish Constabulary, numbering over 200 men, were drafted into the townland of Achonry, South Sligo, on Sunday, 13th January; and whether the costs arising out of such action will have to be borne by the over-burdened ratepayers of that locality.


The police force drafted into Achonry on the 13th January consisted of forty-four men, not over 200 as stated. They were assembled by direction of the Government, acting on the advice of the local authorities, to prevent any attempt to intimidate certain persons in the locality who occupy grass farms. The answer to the second paragraph is in the negative.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the meeting referred to was one of farmers convened for the purpose of forming a local branch of the United League?


The hon. Member is not in order in entering into explanations of that kind.