§ MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland in reference to the case of Mr. Owen Daly. Meelin, Newmarket, and the establishment of a police hut, 965 whether he is aware that Mr. Daly wrote on the 6th May last to District Inspector O'Neil asking that the police escort should not accompany him on private or public business; and, in regard to the extra police in this peaceable district, are the constabulary authorities entitled to quarter extra police, involving extra cost to the ratepayers, on a district on their own motion without reference to public opinion and in opposition to the resolutions of the local district councils.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (MR. BIRRELL, BRISTOL, N.)
It is the fact that Mr. Daly wrote to the district inspector asking that the police should not accompany him to fairs and markets. The danger, however, lies nearer home, and the police authorities, who are responsible for the peace of the district, were of opinion that the police who are employed in protecting Daly at home could not safely be withdrawn. The inspector-general informs me that the subject is again receiving his attention, and he will have the police removed at the earliest possible moment consistent with the man's safety.