§ MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Luttrell, who for many years has held a grazing farm on a yearly tenancy in the townland of Roscomroe, in the Roscrea Union, has been required by the United Irish League to surrender his tenancy, and has refused; whether he is aware that, on the night of 29th April, Mr. Luttrell's cattle, sheep, and horses were driven off the lands and taken into the town of Roscrea; whether this act was known to be in contemplation, and whether the police made any preparations to prevent it; and what arrangements are being made to prevent a repetition of this act.
§ MR. BIRRELL
Mr. Luttrell has informed the police authorities that he received a letter from the local branch of the United Irish League asking him whether he would surrender his grazing farm, and that he refused to do so. The cattle were driven off the farm and left uninjured outside Mr. Luttrell's house in Roscrea early on the morning of the 29th April. It had been threatened that the cattle would be driven off, but owing to the remoteness of the place and to the fact that the date was kept secret, the police were unable to take full measures to prevent the act. The police are doing all that may be possible to prevent a repetition of the occurrence.
§ MR. REDDY (King's County, Birr)
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is not a yearly tenancy?