§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state if he has any official reports in regard to an alleged outrage at the residence of Mr. Persse, Woodville, county Galway; and, if so, whether he will state their purport.
§ MR. ATKINSON
Reports have been received from the police who are investigating this matter. It is obviously impossible to disclose the purport of these confidential reports without injury to the public service.
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the report that shots were fired into this house was true or false? Was it not mere sensational journalism?
§ MR. JOHN REDMOND
In view of the fact that a sensational account of a desperate outrage has been published, would it not be advisable also to publish a correct statement of fact?