HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 cc236-7W
Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the official report published in an English daily newspaper on 2nd October, of the police inquiry into the reprisals at Tubber-curry, county Sligo, in which a detailed account is given of the burning of Tubber-curry and Achonry creameries by forces of the Crown; what compensation will be paid to the owners of these creameries and by whom; and whether he still maintains that no creameries in Ireland are being burnt by officers of the Crown?


I have now received the full reports of the destruction of these two creameries to which my attention had not been drawn on the 20th October, when I dealt in this House with various charges which had been made against the Forces of the Crown. I now find that it is admitted that in each of these cases the burning was committed by members of the police on the 1st ultimo in an outbreak of passion evoked by the brutal murder of District Inspector Brady, and the wounding of another of their comrades on the evening of the preceding day. I understand that claims to compensation will be made under the Criminal Injuries Act.