HC Deb 18 March 1869 vol 194 c1661

said, he wished to put a Question to the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary for Ireland, of which he had given him private notice, but if he were unable to answer it that evening he should have no objection to postpone it till a future occasion. He was anxious to know, Whether at a moment when the Government to which the right hon. Gentleman belonged proposed to destroy one of the bulwarks of the Nation, the Chief Secretary for Ireland would institute inquiries with reference to the following facts:— A meeting took place in Cork yesterday, the Mayor in the chair in his civic costume, and strong Fenian speeches were made by O'Mahony and other Fenians; Colonel Warren declared himself a believer in the sabre as a means of uplifting a down trodden nation, and exhorted the people to be united, and there was nothing they might not obtain. This was received with loud cheers; but I am bound to say that the Mayor is said to have stated that he did not approve of such language being used.—["Order."]


, Is the hon. and gallant Member giving notice of a Question he intends to ask?


I have just asked the Question.


Sir, I gave my hon. and gallant Friend a private intimation that I knew nothing about this matter, but that I should be always ready to answer him whenever I had the smallest information about it, which is the only answer I can give him.