HC Deb 11 July 1878 vol 241 cc1241-2

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether any inquiry has been made into the conduct of certain of the Cork and Limerick Militia Reserve stationed in Belfast on the occasion of a procession of Sunday School children which took place on Saturday 22nd June; and, if so, whether he can state the result, and say what precautions will be taken to prevent a recurrence of such conduct?


I have already made inquiries into this affair, and the Commander-in-Chief in Ireland reports that the matter was not as serious as the local papers made out; but I regret to say that certain men of the 104th Foot, lately belonging to the Militia Reserve, did take part in the disturbances; and, on the action of the civil authorities, seven of them have been sentenced to one month's imprisonment each. Due precautions will be taken to prevent a recurrence of these disturbances, and the officer commanding the district reports that there has been no further trouble.