HC Deb 16 March 1904 vol 131 c1258
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether it is intended to supply the Royal Irish Constabulary with a new pattern rifle and bayonet; and, if so, what will be the estimated cost of the change, and from what Vote will it be defrayed; and whether he can say how many changes in the pattern of the Royal Irish Constabulary rifle have been made since the old Enfield rifle was in use.


Arrangements are being made to supply the constabulary with Lee-Enfield Cavalry carbines fitted to take sword bayonets, in place of the Martini-Henry carbines at present in use. The cost of the change is estimated at £4,766, which will be borne by the Constabulary Vote. The present is the third change in the pattern of rifle since the old Enfield rifle was adopted.


Are these weapons intended for police duties?

MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

Have the Irish Government considered the desirability of disarming the force and putting it or the same level as the English police?

MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

Are you going to issue Mark IV bullets to the police?


For what purpose are these arms used?


Order, order! The original Question was as to the pattern of rifle, and that has been answered. Notice must be given of any other Question.