§ Mr. SHEEHAN
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Michael Burns, Rassan, who gave evidence in the North Louth petition, was assaulted some time ago by one William Kelly, also of Rassan, and that Kelly stated when assaulting Burns that the reason he did so was because of the evidence he had given; and can he state what action was taken in the matter, and what protection is to be given to men in the position of Burns, who are being persecuted for having furthered the ends of justice?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Inspector-General informs me that Michael Burns was assaulted by William Kelly at Rassan, on 1005W May 3rd. Both parties were under the influence of drink. Police inquiries were made, and Burns denied that the assault was in consequence of his having given evidence at the election petition. The police did not witness the assault, and no legal proceedings were taken. No persons are being persecuted, as suggested by the question.