HC Deb 30 June 1904 vol 137 c174

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that five of the Clanricarde tenants at Derrygoolan, Woodford, have been served with notices to quit in consequence of their asserting their right to the game on their lands; and whether he will take steps to ensure that the police shall not be allowed in the future to accompany poachers on the lands, seeing that such proceedings may intimidate the tenants.


This is a case in which two parties assert a right to one and the same incorporeal hereditament, i.e., the shooting. It is for them to prove such rights by due course of law. It is for the police to prevent a breach of the peace. The hon. Member describes one of the parties as "poachers," but that involves the decision of the very matter in dispute.