§ 10. Colonel GRETTON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether application has been made for sanction of the use of trained dogs to trace persons guilty of murders of the Irish police and others in Ireland; and, if so, with what result?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
This matter has been fully considered, and it was found that no trained dogs were available in the War Dogs' School in England. On the instructions of the Government the Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary consulted the Commandant of the War Dogs' School with a view to devising a scheme for training of dogs in Ireland, but owing to the length of time it would take to procure and train suitable dogs, and the cost which would be 197 incurred in setting up a training school, it was finally decided by the Government that the scheme could not be proceeded with.