§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether it has been brought to his knowledge that Thomas Brady, of Drumnafuila, county Leitrim, goes in danger of his life; that three constables have been quartered in his house for his protection since early in August last, two: of whom accompany him whenever he leaves the house; that he is unable to 967 obtain provisions in the neighbouring villages, and is obliged to travel long distances with his escort in order to procure the necessaries of life; and whether the Estates Commissioners are proposing to use public money with the object of inducing Brady to surrender his holding on the Slack estate, which he purchased from the Land Commission in February last.
The Inspector-General informs me that he has no reason to believe that Thomas Brady goes in danger of his life. It is, however, considered necessary to afford constant police protection to Brady in order to prevent attempts at intimidation and possibly rough treatment. It is the case that Brady cannot openly procure provisions in the neighbourhood, but has to go or send considerable distances for them. As to the latter part of the Question, the Estates Commissioners inform me that their inspector is at present making inquiry with a view to the purchase by the Commissioners of Brady's interest in his holding on the Slack estate?
§ MR. DILLON
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the fact that the county of Leitrim was the scene of ex-Sergeant Sheridan's activity?
§ MR. J. WARD (Stoke-on-Trent)
As a new member, I should like to ask the Chief Secretary why it is that certain representatives from Ireland take such interest in trying to blacken their country.