HC Deb 11 November 1920 vol 134 cc1381-2W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the statements of Mr. Hugh Martin, special correspondent of a London daily newspaper, in the issue of that newspaper of 2nd November last, to the effect that the damaging to the extent of £2,000 and the attempted burning of the Cooperative Creamery at Abbeydorney, on 18th October, was carried out by police in uniform; whether he is aware that Mr. T. O'Donovan, manager of the creamery, has made a sworn affidavit to the effect that the damage was done by police in uniform, who drove up in three motor lorries, and that he himself was assaulted by one of the police; whether Mr. O'Donovan states that these police looted cheese and butter from the creamery; what steps he is taking in the matter; and whether he is taking steps to protect Mr. O'Donovan from further intimidation and assault?


My attention has been drawn to the allegations in question, but pending the result of inquiries which are still proceeding I am not in a position to make a statement on the matter.