§ Mr. LONSDALE (for Captain Craig)
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Mr. John A. Studdert, a Clare land agent, was shot at a few days ago from the roadside as he was cycling back from Cloony to his residence at Cragmoher; whether the police have succeeded in making any arrest in connection with this outrage; whether he is aware that two other shooting outrages have occurred in the same county, one at Ballinruan, about ten miles north of Ennis, and another at the house of a farmer named O'Neill, midway between Ennis and Inagh; and, if so, what steps does he propose to take?
§ Mr. CHERRY
I am informed by the constabulary authorities that Mr. Studdert was fired at as stated on 9th August. In the other two cases referred to in the question shots were fired into houses by night on 7th August and 18th July respectively. No arrests have been made. The police are doing all they can to prevent such occurrences, and to detect the guilty persons, but it is obviously difficult to do so in the case of offences committed under cover of darkness.