§ Mr. RONALD M'NEILL
asked the Chief Secretary whether he has received official information of an outrage at Ballyjames-duff, county Cavan, when the Protestant parish church was set on fire and the pulpit and chancel destroyed, after the church Bible and clerical vestments had been thrown into the road; and whether any arrest has been made in connection with the affair?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The police authorities inform me that on the morning of the 22nd instant this church was discovered to be on fire. The police were promptly on the spot, and the vestry door was found to 851W have been forced open, and the pulpit was in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the pulpit and a portion of the altar rails were destroyed. The articles referred to were found outside the church. One man has been arrested on suspicion. The police believe that robbery was the motive for the breaking into the church, and that on failing to obtain any money the place was set on fire. The outrage has no political or sectarian significance.