I bog to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the house of a publican named Duddy has been 686 fired into at Athenry; if any arrests have been made; and if this district is in a peaceable condition.
§ MR. BIRRELL
I have already, on the 29th of last month, † stated the facts of this case in answer to a Question put by the hon. Member for the Rye Division. No arrests have been made. I have more than once stated that the district of Athenry is not in a satisfactory condition.
I bog to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that an attack was made on Pat Smyth, process server, in Athenry; that he was cut on the head and deprived of a revolver which he was obliged to carry for his own protection; and what steps the police are taking in the matter.
§ Mr. BIRRELL
About four o'clock in the afternoon of 24th May, Patrick Smyth, who had a slight cut on the head, reported to the police that ho had been assaulted by two men near Athenry. At first he made no mention of a revolver, but said that his stick was taken from him. Subsequently ho said that his revolver was taken. Smyth informed the police that ho was unable to identify his assailants. He was not sober at the time of the alleged assault.