I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of 975 Ireland whether he is aware that on the 7th May last a force of constabulary was required to protect farmers named Hughes, of Mucklon, near Ballyforan, county Galway, when putting back stock driven off their holding some days previous; can he state how many constabulary were present belonging to the local force and the depot, respectively; can he state the expense incurred; and whether anyone was brought to justice.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The fact is as stated in the first part of the Question. The number of police employed on protection duty was fifty, all of whom belonged to the county force. The expense incurred was approximately £25. No opposition was offered by the people on the occasion, and there was therefore no necessity for bringing anyone to justice.