§ MR. CHARLES CRAIG
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Mr; Persse's farm at Raruddy has been for the third time unlawfully entered upon and cleared of cattle; and whether the Government intend to take any more effectual steps to protect Mr. Persse's property than they have done in the past.
§ MR. BIRRELL
It is the fact that Mr. Persse's farm at Raruddy has been entered for the third time, and that the cattle have been driven off. On the two previous occasions sheep which Mr. Persse had brought temporarily from another farm were driven off, but the cattle were not molested, and the local police therefore did not anticipate that; he cattle would be interfered with. The 477 police authorities have now made arrangements for constant patrolling in the locality. Proceedings are being instituted against five persons who have been identified in connection with the first of the offences.