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Ballindereen Outrage

Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 14 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received information respecting the firing at Patrick Sheehan, of Ballindereen, when returning from Galway on 5th August; whether Sheehan was wounded; whether he has been fired at previously; and whether any arrests have been made in connection with this outrage.

Yes, Sir. Patrick Sheehan was fired at when returning from Galway on the night of the 5th August. He received several grains of shot in the hand and leg. He had not been fired at previously, but his house was fired into upwards of a year ago. No arrests have been made in connection with the present outrage. The night was dark and Sheehan did not see his assailants.

Will the right hon. Gentleman say why no arrests have been made? Have the police made no endeavour to make arrests?

Yes, the police have made every endeavour, but if you are shot on a dark night by persons you do not see it is not always possible to make arrests.

Are there so many suspects in this district that the police have no idea as to possible identity?

[No Answer was returned.]