HC Deb 20 October 1908 vol 194 cc950-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on Wednesday, 30th September last, an attack was made on the residence of a widow, named Mrs. Great-head, situate at Loughgeorge, about eight miles from Galway Town, shots being fired through the windows; whether he can state if the direction of the shots indicated an intention to do bodily harm or merely to intimidate; whether he is aware that Mrs. Greathead has been persecuted for a long time because she will not give up the farm which is her only support; how many arrests, if any, have been made; and what sentences, if any, have been passed on the perpetrators of the outrage.


At eight o'clock on the evening of 30th September several gun-shots were fired through the windows of two rooms in Mrs. Greathead's house, one room being on the ground floor, and one on the first floor. The rooms were lighted up and the windows were unshuttered. Two members of the family were in each room but no one was hit. Many flattened grains of shot were found inside the windows. An empty cartridge case was found at forty yards distance from the house, and several gun-wads were found between that spot and the house. The shots therefore do not appear to have been fired at short range. It is the fact that Mrs. Greathead has been subjected to annoyance because she declines to give up a portion of her farm. All necessary protection is being afforded to her. The police have not yet succeeded in obtaining sufficient evidence to justify any arrests in the case.