To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been called to the fact that, at Birr Quarter Sessions on the 3rd January, compensation was awarded in four cases for the maiming of a foal and a mare, and for the houghing of seven cattle, cutting away the tails of four, and slashing others; and whether any persons have been made criminally amenable for these outrages. (Answered by Mr. Birrell.) It is the fact that at Birr Quarter Sessions, on 3rd January, 1908, compensation for malicious injury to animals was awarded in four cases, the injuries being of the nature described in the Question. The police have not succeeded in making any persons amenable for the offences.