§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether it had been brought to his notice that last week two bullocks were removed from the farm of Thomas Brady, near Drumkeeran, and that several mornings later the bones of these animals, with their tails and hoofs, were found in two sacks deposited outside the police barracks; whether ten cocks of hay have been removed from this farm whether he will state the number of police stationed in the neighbourhood; and whether any arrests have been made in connection with these occurrences.
The police authorities inform me that Thomas Brady reported to the local police that two bullocks were 965 stolen from his farm on 16th October last. Brady, however, refused to swear an information in support of his statement. There is, I am informed, not the slightest foundation for the suggestion that the remains of these animals were left outside the police barracks. It is the fact that on the night of 15th September some stacks of hay and oats were removed from Brady's farm, and these were found in a field in the locality. There are twenty police stationed in the neighbourhood. No arrests have been made in connection with the occurrences.