HC Deb 04 July 1904 vol 137 cc476-7

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that Mr. A. E. Humphrys, of Lisagoan House, county of Cavan (a justice of the peace), marked judgment against seven of his tenants on an estate near Bawnboy, in the county of Cavan, that these judgments were executed by the sheriff with an escort of constables, and that these judgments were set aside; and, if so, whether he will take steps to protect these tenants from such proceedings at the hands of Mr. Humphrys, in future; and if his action will be brought under the notice of the Lord Chancellor with a view of depriving him of his commission of the peace.


Certain writs of execution for recovery of rent were lodged with the sheriff by Mr. Humphrys for execution against three of his tenants. The sheriff, whose duty it was to execute these, requisitioned police protection. I am not aware whether the judgments on which these writs were issued have been set aside, but, if so, the tenants will no doubt have their legal remedy. It is not the privilege of the sheriff to hold any investigation into the legality of the judgments upon which writs of execution are based. His duty is to execute the writs lodged with him which appear correct, on their face, nor is the Executive entitled to refuse protection on any such ground.