§ MR. SHEEHAN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether members of the Royal Irish Constabulary are allowed to attend Freemason meetings; if so, by whom is permission granted; is the day of absence at such meetings counted in their annual leave; and does the fact of being a Freemason secure any special privileges in the police force.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary are allowed to attend Masonic meetings, provided their absence does not interfere with the performance of their public duties. Leave is not specially asked or granted for such purposes. Every application for leave is made on a prescribed form and is recorded against the applicant. The reply to the concluding inquiry is in the negative.