§ Mr. LUNDON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that on 27th June last four soldiers and two policemen visited the house of Edmond Noonan, of Ballylanders, county Limerick, and searched it with some ulterior object, and net result of the search being that, after the searchers had left, Mrs. Noonan missed from her room a gold watch, value £13, a silver watch, marriage ring, and a gold cross and chain, all of which had been carefully stowed away in a box; whether he is aware that this matter was immediately reported, to the police, who, after making inquiries, said they could not see their way to prefer a charge against the man who was in charge of the search party, as he had long service and a good character; and whether immediate steps will be taken to have a thorough investigation into this matter, and adequate compensation granted to the owner of the stolen property, as well as punishment to those who may be found guilty?
§ Mr. SAMUELS
On the 27th June last the house referred to was searched by two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary accompanied by four soldiers. The police authorities have made careful inquiries as to the allegations contained in the question and are satisfied that no such larceny ever took place. No such statement as that suggested in the question was made by the police.