HC Deb 18 December 1908 vol 198 cc2225-6

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that recently a moonlighting raid took place at Kilmanihan, between Brosna and Knocknagoshee, East Kerry, when the houses of Andrew Mulcahy, Thomas W. O'Connor, Michael O'Connor, David Murphy, and Daniel Murphy, were fired into, and notices posted on their doors warning them to give up their land or they would suffer death at the hands of Captain Moonlight; whether the five men named had only recently been allocated their farms by the Congested Districts Board; what arrests have been made; and what sentences passed on the perpetrators of the outrages.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) On the 4th instant, at about 12.30 a.m., notices were posted as stated, and shots were fired into the houses of four of the five persons named. When the Collis Sandes estate was purchased by the Congested Districts Board portion of a grazing farm was divided, among these men, and the notices warned them to give up this land. The police have not up to the present been able to make any arrests.