CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. - KILKENNY MAN'S DEATH. QUESTION OF INQUEST.

DOMHNALL O MUIRGHEASA

To ask the Minister for Defence whether his attention has been drawn to the circumstances attending the death in Kilkenny on the 29th November, of Patrick Griffin, of Patrick Street, Kilkenny, who was run down and killed by a military motor; whether the Coroner decided against an inquest, on the strength of representations made to him by the military, and will the Minister direct the holding of a proper inquiry to investigate the facts and determine the responsibility for deceased's death, and will the Minister also give the reasons for objecting to coroner's inquest in the case.

The Coroner was actually invited by the local military authorities to hold an inquest, but, after making a preliminary investigation into the case, he exercised the discretion which I understand he possesses and decided it was not necessary to hold an inquest. A military inquiry has already been held, and I am awaiting the receipt of the proceedings.