CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - GOODS TAKEN BY IRREGULARS.—QUESTION OF COMPENSATION.

asked the Minister for Finance if he received a report from the Circuit Court Judge recommending payment of a sum of £104 to Mrs. McKeon, Banagher, Offaly, for goods taken from her premises by Irregulars, and whether payment has been refused by him on the grounds that the goods were supplied voluntarily; whether he is aware that Army Officers who have given loyal service to the State are prepared to state that Mrs. McKeon had no connection or sympathy with the Anti-State Forces, and whether in view of this fact he will undertake to reconsider payment of the amount granted or recommended by the Circuit Court Judge.

I assume the Deputy refers to a Report for £90 made in favour of Julia Anne McKeon, of The Square, Banagher. Payment was refused in this case on the ground that the goods claimed for had been voluntarily supplied to Irregulars. As a result of representations made on the applicant's behalf further inquiries have been made, and the case is at present under consideration.

For the information of the Dáil I would like to know if the Minister will say—because this is not the first case that has cropped up— whether it would be the duty of a woman to resist physically the demands of the Irregulars for goods taken in these circumstances?

It would depend on the circumstances.