HC Deb 05 August 1879 vol 249 c181

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If it is true, as stated in the public papers, that on the 28th of June last, at Whiteabbey Station, an excursion party of boys and girls, organised and personally conducted by Mr. Jas. Thompson, J.P., conducted themselves in a very disorderly manner, without any remonstrance from Mr. Thompson; and, if the facts are as stated, he will point out to Mr. Thompson the impropriety of his conduct?


Sir, my attention was called by the hon. Membor's Question to an anonymous paragraph in a newspaper to the effect which is indicated; but, on inquiry, I can find no confirmation for the statement, and, on the other hand, I have received statements which are contrary to what has been alleged here. I am also informed that Mr. Thompson is not only a gentleman highly respected in the neighbourhood, but he has taken a very decided part in deprecating the processions and the display of banners which have caused such great annoyance in that part of the country.