CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. [ ORAL ANSWERS. ] - ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MILITARY.

SEAN O DUINNIN

asked the Minister for Defence whether he has completed his inquiries in respect of Question No. 5 of June 15th, and whether he is now in a position to give a reply to it.

The following was the question:—

"To ask the Minister for Defence whether he is aware that on Sunday, 10th inst., soldiers travelling from Midleton to Fermoy, when driving past people returning from Mass at Lisgoold, terrorized the people, and frightened horses, by firing shots indiscriminately in the air; further, whether, on or near the village of Ballincurring, there was a burst of machine-gun fire by the same soldiers, which seriously wounded a boy named O'Reilly, who was standing in his door, and also wounding a brother of O'Reilly's; to ask that disciplinary measures be taken in respect of these occurrences, and whether compensation will be paid to the injured parties, and by whom."

A Court of Inquiry has been held on the matter, and a considerable amount of evidence on oath has been taken which does not substantiate the allegations made. The evidence on certain points, however, needs confirmation, and the proceedings have been returned to the Court for that purpose.

I shall communicate the result to the Deputy as soon as possible.