HC Deb 04 July 1907 vol 177 cc880-1

I bog to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has bean called to the remarks of Mr. Justice Madden, at the Tullamore assizes on Tuesday, that the crimes of cattle driving are the outcome of a widespread combination, and that against the methods of intimidation adopted; he ordinary precautions for the proteetii.nl of property seem to prove ineffectual; and what further steps the executive intend to take to deal with this combination and afford adequate protection to the victims of outrages who are carrying on a lawful industry under contracts recognised by law.


I have seen a newspaper report of the learned Judge's remarks. The police measures which have been taken for the prevention of cattle driving are greatly in excess of the ordinary precautions for the protection of property. An extra force of twenty-two police is at present stationed in King's County. The police will continue to take all possible steps for the prevention of the offences in question, and for bringing offenders to justice.


asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that the remarks of Mr. Justice Madden and of other Judges on the state of the county were founded merely on official reports and not on their own personal observation, and were therefore entitled to no special weight?

[No Answer was returned.]