HC Deb 13 March 1912 vol 35 cc1228-9W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that cattle-drives have recently taken place in the following districts: From John Cullinan's farm, at Fahy North, Carron, on 10th February; from W. Doran's lands, at Corimbla, on 11th February; from M. D. O'Sullivan's farm, at Ashgrove, near Kenmare, on 14th February; from Messrs. Shirley and Ashmore's lands, at Gorteena-hilla, Cullohil, Queen's County, on 14th February; from William Dunne's farm, at Corbally, Queen's County, about 14th February; and from J. C. Wilmot Smith's lands, at Ballynanty, near Bruff, on 19th February; and, if so, what action has been taken in these cases?


The police authorities inform me that cattle were not driven from John Cullinan's farm at Fahy, on 10th February. Cattle were driven off W. Doran's land at Corimbla, county Mayo, on 15th February, no arrests made; off Mr. O'Sullivan's farm at Gortalinny, on 7th February, no arrests made; off Messrs. Shirley and Ashmore's lands at Gurtnahilla, on 2nd February, fifteen persons returned for trial at assizes; off W. Dunne's land at Corbally, on 5th February, no arrests made; and off the lands of C. W. Smith at Ballynanty, on 19th February, no arrests made. The police are doing all that is possible to prevent further drives. Where cattle are driven off lands by stealth at night it is difficult for the police to make detections unless they have constant relief patrols on the farms.