HC Deb 13 May 1901 vol 93 cc1473-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Robert Kingsman and John Freeman, two constables of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who had served for several years in that force, were fined £5 each last November by the Dublin divisional magistrate for insulting unprotected women in the streets of Dublin, and for assaulting a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Force, who in discharge of his duty arrested them, and that the magistrate, in passing sentence on these men, said that they had behaved in an outrageous manner; and can he explain why these two men have been retained in the Royal Irish Constabulary notwithstanding this misconduct, and are stationed the one in Sligo and the other in Kerry, where there have been collisions between the constabulary and the people, and baton charges by the constabulary on crowds of unarmed people.


The facts are generally as stated in the first paragraph. As the constables had been punished by a heavy fine, and as their previous conduct had been good the Inspector General did not recommend their dismissal from the force. They were, however, transferred from the depot at their own expense, and they were warned that if their names came before the Inspector General for any misconduct or indiscipline within a considerable period he would recommend that they should be dismissed. They are not stationed in the counties mentioned in the question.


Where are these interesting constables placed?