I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether any arrests have been made in connection with the attack made on Michael Casey, a farmer living at Rinneen, near Ruan, about seven miles from Ennis, county Clare, in August last, when he was twice shot in the back of the head; whether he is aware that twenty-eight pellets were found in his head, shoulders, and back; whether it is the second time he has been the victim of firing outrages; what sentences have been passed in the case; to what reasons the police authorities attribute the outrages, and what steps they have taken to afford him protection in the future; and has Michael Casey quite recovered.
§ MR. BIRRELL
Michael Casey was fired at and injured in the manner described in the Question on 11th September last. He was also fired at on 14th July, 1907, but was not hit. No arrests have been made. As the offender has not been traced, I am unable to state the motive for the offence. The police are affording full protection to Casey, who has quite recovered from his injury.