§ MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If a Constabulary Court of Inquiry was held on 12th May, 1886, at Glassloagh, County Monaghan, to inquire into a charge made against Constable Kennedy by two brothers, M'Gonnell, for using party expressions; whether six respectable witnesses, one of thorn a policeman, swore that Kennedy never used the alleged expressions 235 whether, of the three witnesses for the prosecution, one has had to leave the country for an assault, while another was dismissed from Sir John Leslie's employment for using disloyal expressions; what has been the result of the Court of Inquiry; and, will the evidence taken at the investigation be laid before the House?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: The statements in the first paragraph are substantially correct. Three witnesses, considered reliable, proved the offence against the policeman. One of those witnesses has left the country; but not for the reason stated. The constable was found guilty, and removed to another county.