HC Deb 21 February 1902 vol 103 cc724-5

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the fact that at last Petty Sessions at Ballyshannon, in the County of Donegal, on the 13th instant, District Inspector O'Connor, Royal Irish Constabulary, refused to carry out the order of the magistrates to remove certain constables he had placed at the entrance to the magistrates' room in the courthouse, and also to obey other directions of the Court; is he aware that the same inspector on former occasions showed a reluctance in obeying similar directions; has he received a representation on this subject by the magistrates, and, if so, what action has he taken; and, in view of the fact that this inspector's conduct was censured by Mr. Justice Kenny at last Lifford Summer Assizes, and of the effect of such conduct on the proceedings of the Court, whether it is intended to retain this inspector in the constabulary force in Co. Donegal; and, if so, will assurances be given to the justices that their directions will be carried out.


The Inspector General has received a communication from the magistrates on this subject, and inquiry is now being made into the matter. I am informed it is not the fact that Mr. Justice Kenny censured this District Inspector, as alleged.