HC Deb 27 May 1908 vol 189 cc1113-4
MR. HALPIN (Clare, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the fact that Sergeant Moynihan of Carrigaholt, County Clare, was present when Mrs. John Maguire, of Kiltrellig, was beaten and knocked down by John Haier; will he explain why Sergeant Moynihan did not prevent this outrage; and whether he is aware that this sergeant encourages such conduct on the part of men like John Haier.


I am informed that Mr. Martin Haier recently foreclosed a mortgage on John Maguire's farm, and is now in legal possession of it. On the occasion in question Maguire and his wife persistently attempted by force to prevent Haier from putting cattle on the farm, and threatened him with sticks. Police-Sergeant Moynihan, who was present, arrested the Maguires in order to prevent a further breach of the peace, and both were subsequently bound over to keep the peace. It is not the case that Haier assaulted Mrs. Maguire. The police authorities are satisfied that the sergeant properly performed his duty on the occasion.