I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a local magistrate refused to sign the summonses prepared by the police in connection with the recent riot and unlawful assembly in the vicinity of Ballymahon, County Longford, and a resident magistrate had to be telegraphed for; and whether the attention of the Lord Chancellor has been called to the action of the local magistrate, and what action, if any, he has taken.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The police authorities inform me that no local magistrate refused or was asked to sign summonses or any other document in connection with the case referred to. No summonses, in fact, were issued, but the resident magistrate issued warrants in the ordinary course. He was not telegraphed for.