I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that an inspector to the Estates Commissioners was recently assaulted when going his rounds, handing over allotments, near Dundrum, Tipperary; what arrests were made and what sentences, if any, passed; whether he is aware that Mr. Walter Joyce, of Corgany House, County Gal-way, is rigorously boycotted, and can he state the reason; whether he is aware that firing outrages have recently occurred in Galway, when the house of a man named Slattery, employed as a labourer on the Lewis estate, near Wood-ford, was attacked, and near Tuam, when the house of a man named Martin Mohan, at Feeragh, was fired into; how many arrests have- been made in these cases; and what sentences have been passed.
§ MR. BIRRELL
On 15th May the Estates Commissioners' inspector was engaged upon the Dundrum estate when several men came upon the land and assumed a threatening attitude towards him. No assault was committed, except that one of the men snatched a notebook from the inspector. Proceedings were taken against twelve persons, with the object of binding them to the peace, but the magistrates adjourned the case for six months in order to see how they 101 should behave in the meantime. Mr. Walter Joyce is boycotted, owing, the police understand, to differences with his tenants. On the night of 27th May two shots were fired into the house of John Slattery, and on the night of 6th May two shots were fired outside, but not into, the house of Martin Mohan. No arrests have been made in these cases.