HC Deb 07 March 1904 vol 131 c319

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether a report was forwarded by any person to the Irish Executive of the alleged perjury of two policemen at the Ballinrobe petty sessions recently, until asked for it; whether such a report, if any, was supplied by the resident magistrate who presided, and who dismissed the case on the merits after first investigating the matter on the spot, the clerk of the petty sessions, or if not by any of these officials, by whom was it furnished; and whether he will give the date on which it reached the quarter where such complaints are usually received.


It formed no part of the duty of the resident magistrate, who is a judicial officer, to make a report on this matter to the Executive. That duty devolved upon and was discharged by the district inspector of constabulary who was present and conducted the prosecution. On the 18th February and again on the 3rd instant, the Government, being desirous of supplementing the facts in its possession, invited the resident magistrate to furnish his observations. The case was dismissed on the 1st of February. The district inspector made his report on the 4th of February, since which date the case has received the attention demanded by its importance. The clerk of petty sessions has no duties to perform in this connection.