HC Deb 07 May 1903 vol 122 c31
MR. CULLINAN (Tipperary, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what were the numbers of officers and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary assembled in Ballypooreen, county Tipperary, on Sunday, 26th April; what was the reason for their attendance; and what source will their expenses come from.


One officer and seventy men. The force was assembled in anticipation of an unlawful assembly. The expenses of the concentration will be defrayed from the Constabulary Vote.


May I ask whether the concentration of this enormous force had to do with a dispute as to a small plot of ground, less than half an acre in extent, which has been used as a public playground for over a quarter of a century, and the value of which is not one-tenth the amount spent on this occasion?


Order, order!