§ MR. D. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) what ground there is for the allegation that a licensed publican, named Jolly, refused the use of his post car to the police of Tempo, on the night of 28th August 1896, when, during a dangerous riot, they demanded the use of the vehicle to send for assistance to a neighbouring station; (2) has the refusal by publicans in recent, years 924 to give their cars for the conveyance of police and emergency men to evictions been made the grounds of objection to the renewal of the said publican's licences; and (3) did the police of Tempo oppose Mr. Jolly's licence for refusing them the use of his car at a time when life and property were in danger?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The allegation referred to in the first paragraph is founded on fact, though the demand for the car was made not by the police personally, but by the barrack servant. There have been many cases in which the police opposed the renewal of publicans' licences throughout Ireland under the circumstances mentioned in the second paragraph, but I do not think there have been any such cases in recent years, as the necessity for action on the part of the police has not arisen. The police did not oppose the renewal of Mr. Jolly's licence, because it was doubtful whether the objection could he sustained, in view of the fact that the demand for the car was made, as I have stated, not by the police but by the barrack servant.