§ 15. Major NEWMAN
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that, in the course of the weekly parade and field exercises carried out by the Republican Volunteer Force in the vicinity of Cork on Sunday last a soldier of the Regular Forces had his head broken open by a hurley; and what steps are taken by the responsible authorities to prevent such collisions between men of the Volunteer and Regular Forces?
§ Mr. DUKE
While a band of Irish pipers was returning from Riverstown to Cork on Sunday night last a man from the crowd struck a soldier on the head with a hurley. It was dark, and although police were on duty identification was impossible. Absolute security against cowardly attacks on individuals under cover of darkness is obviously impossible, but the Royal Irish Constabulary take effectual precautions for public safety.