HC Deb 17 March 1863 vol 169 c1552

said, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If he had received any Report of the damage which had been inflicted on the citizens of Cork during the riots which took place on the evening of the 10th of March, and if any of the perpetrators of such outrages had been made amenable to justice; if not, what steps the Government intended to take for that purpose?


said, that no doubt considerable injury had occurred in consequence of, the disturbances which took place at Cork on the night of the 10th of March. The Government had cause to be aware on the previous Saturday that it was probable that some disturbances would occur, and in consequence of a requisition, addressed to the Government, eighty additional constabulary were sent into the town. During the night in question considerable rioting took place in Cork, and those tradesmen and other citizens of the place who had illuminated their houses had their windows broken, and the Mayor of Cork himself was roughly handled. About four o'clock in the morning a body of infantry was sent from the barracks; but when the soldiers arrived where the disturbances took place their services were no longer necessary. He believed that some of the perpetrators of the outrages had been brought before the local courts and were likely to be made amenable to justice. In consequence of a requisition forwarded to the Government, and of a communication from the Mayor of Cork, the Government had offered a reward of £50 for the discovery of the disloyal perpetrators of those outrages.