I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, at an early hour in the morning of 6th November last, an explosion occurred in Main Street, Macroom; whether an attack was made on the business premises of Mr. Jeremiah Cronin; whether any restrictions are imposed regarding the sale of blasting powder, dynamite, and other explosives in Ireland; did a similar occurrence take place at Bealik, near Macroom; and what arrests have been made and what sentences passed.
§ MR. BIRRELL
Four arrests have been made in connection with the explosion referred to in the first part of the Question. As the matter is sub judice it is not desirable in the interests of justice to enter into particulars. The restrictions imposed by the Explosives Acts apply to the United Kingdom as a whole. The police authorities inform me that there was no explosion at Bealik, near Macroom, on the night in question.
Do the police say there was no explosion at Bealik, or that the details have not yet reached them?