§ MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the proceedings of Ballymote (county Sligo) Petty Sessions, held on 8th August, when charges arising out of alleged agrarian disturbances which were brought by the police against John Gilmartin, Vice-Chairman of the Sligo District Council, were heard and the cases dismissed by the court; and whether he will insist on being supplied by the police authorities with accurate information in matters of this kind in future.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The case against Mr. Gilmartin was heard before a bench consisting of two resident magistrates and seven justices of the peace, four of whom are not in the habit of attending at Ballymote Petty Sessions. The evidence given fully sustained the charge preferred against Mr. Gilmartin, but a majority of the bench decided upon dismissing the case. I have no reason whatever, in view of the decision in this case, to question the accuracy of the information supplied to me by the police.
§ MR. O'DOWD
Was not the only offence charged against Mr. Gilmartin that he had a party at his house?