asked the Chief Secretary if he will state the cost per annum to the ratepayers of the county of Galway for extra police in the protection of Mr. E. Shaw Tener, agent to the Marquess of Clanricarde; whether he is aware that Mr. Tener motors through the country 514W without any protection, except that the police precede him on his journey by an hour or thereabouts whenever he leaves either Portumna or Loughrea; and whether Mr. Tener is entitled to, or requires, police protection under the circumstances, in view of the cost involved to the ratepayers of the county of Galway?>
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The answer to the first part of the question is £44. For obvious reasons I am not prepared to indicate what is the precise nature of the protection afforded by the police to Mr. E. Shaw Tener. I am satisfied as to the continued necessity for such protection.