HC Deb 15 July 1901 vol 97 cc441-2
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that at an auction of meadowing on an evicted farm in Castlemagner, county Cork, held on 10th instant, a constabulary force consisting of a county inspector, three district inspectors, and over 100 men was present, and can he state what reason is given by the constabulary authorities for the presence of this force, and on what fund the expense will fall of bringing together this force of constabulary.


The number of men present was sixty-one. The force was assembled on the occasion for the preservation of the peace, and the expense will be borne by the Constabulary Vote.


Seeing that there were only fifty people present, was it requisite to have so large a force on the occasion of the sale of a few tons of hay?


Yes, in my opinion it was.