§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state whether any report has been made to the police as to the breaking of the windows of the Catholic male national school at Ballinalee, County Longford; whether he is aware that recently, in consequence of a dispute with the parents and master of the Protestant school at Ballinalee, five Protestant children left the Protestant school and went to the Catholic school instead; and whether the police have any clue as to the identity of those who broke the Catholic school windows.
I beg also to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the police of Ballinalee are now able to identify the perpetrator of the outrage on the Catholic school at Ballinalee on the night of 23rd January, 1908; and whether any magisterial inquiry will be held in the case.
§ MR. BIRRELL
It was reported to the police that four panes of glass were broken in the male Catholic school at Ballinalee on the night of 22nd January. Six Protestant children have left the Protestant school in consequence of a dispute between the parents of the children and the teacher, and are now attending the Catholic school. The police have no evidence as to the persons who broke the windows and consequently on magisterial investigation can be held.