HC Deb 05 December 1906 vol 166 c954
MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether a special post of police, established about two years ago for the protection of General Gore at Derrymore, county Clare, is still in existence; if so, whether the police are retained at Derrymore by desire of General Gore, and, if not, what are the circumstances which render it still necessary to protect General Gore against his own wish.


I am informed by the police authorities that the police protection post which was established at Derrymore on 11th October, 1905, is still in existence. It is, I am informed, not the case that the police post is retained against the wish of General Gore. The post was established upon the initiative of the police because they considered it necessary, and it is retained for the same reason. It is understood that General Gore, though he did not ask for protection, acquiesced, and still acquiesces, in the arrangements which the police, who are responsible for the preservation of the peace of the district, consider necessary.


Is it not the fact that General Gore, who is very popular in the neighbourhood, has no wish for this protection? Who is the judge of the necessity for extra police?


Prima facie the police who are responsible for the peace of the district. Due regard will be had to General Gore's wishes.