HC Deb 17 July 1863 vol 172 c952

said, he rose to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Party Emblems Act has been violated on the 12th of July, in Lisburn, Belfast, and other parts of Ulster; and if riots, involving injury to persons and property, had not been the result?


, in reply, said, every one must regret the continuance of these demonstrations of party and political feeling in Ireland. Happily they were much less frequent than they used to be, and he trusted that year by year the good sense and feeling of the influential classes in Ireland would tend to check their recurrence. There had been less disturbance this year than usual, and he believed the reports in the newspapers of what had lately happened in Ulster a little exaggerated. He had received a telegram stating that some persons who had violated the Party Emblems Act, and others, who had committed breaches of the peace, had been summoned. Another telegram which came that forenoon announced, that although at Belfast there were large crowds in the streets, and there had been some collision with the police, and stone throwing and window breaking, the peace of the town had not been further disturbed.