§ MR. CLANCY (Dublin County, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the fact that on Thursday the 26th July last, an inhabitant of Rush, county Dublin, was prevented by several men of the coastguard station at that place from going through a passway which, though it has a gate at either end, has been open to the public for thirty-two years without restriction, and is, in fact, the only direct way of getting to the beach from one side of the town of Rush; whether he is aware that Mr. Walsh, in the effort to prevent him from going through the passway mentioned, was violently assaulted and dragged along the ground for a considerable distance, with the result that he has been obliged to go under the care of a local medical doctor; will he say why this attempt was made, after thirty-two years, to shut out the public from access to the beach at Rush through the passage mentioned; and what action the Government propose to take in the matter.
§ MR. EDMUND ROBERTSON
I am making inquiries in regard to this incident, and will communicate the result to the hon. Member in due course.