HC Deb 07 August 1914 vol 65 c2160W

asked the Chief Secretary whether on Sunday, 2nd August, a public parade of the National Volunteers took place at Ballylongford, North Kerry; whether Sergeant Brennan, Royal Irish Constabulary, of Ballylongford, not only interfered with the public parade of the National Volunteers, but publicly demanded that the drill instructor, who was armed with a rifle, should surrender the rifle to Sergeant Brennan; whether Sergeant Brennan also endeavoured to take the rifle by force; and if Sergeant Brennan was thus acting on instructions from Dublin Castle and in the interests of the peace of the district?


I am informed that on the date mentioned a party of the Irish National Volunteers were drilling at Ballylongford when Sergeant Brennan asked the drill instructor whether he had a gun licence for the rifle he was carrying. Sergeant Brennan did not try to take the rifle from the owner, but simply opened and closed the bolt of the rifle while it was in the owner's hands. The sergeant had no instructions to act in the manner described.