HC Deb 02 March 1903 vol 118 cc1116-7
MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that there is a canteen attached to the police protection hut at Chaffpool, county Sligo, where persons of all ages can obtain porter at all hours, day and night; and will he state what steps the authorities propose to take in the matter.


A canteen store is attached to the police station at Chaffpool for the purpose of supplying the police and other persons in the local by who have experienced difficulty in obtaining necessaries. The canteen is duly licensed, and there has been no infringement of the law as suggested.


I beg also to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, will he state the number of police huts erected in the townlands of Chaffpool, Achonry, and Letrim, in the rural district of Tubbercurry, county Sligo, with the number of police stationed therein; what portion, if any, of the cost incurred will be chargeable on the people of these localities; and whether there is any present intention on the part of the authorities to have these huts and extra police removed.


There are four huts in this area, occupied by an officer and seventeen men. The cost to the district in respect of the force is at the rate of £516 per annum. I hope the condition of affairs in the district will soon justify the withdrawal of the extra police.