§ MR. R. POWER
asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, If it is true that on the 12th instant a body of police entered the workhouse at Dungarvan without assigning any reason for so doing; that they remained there while the board was sitting; and, if he can give any reason for so unusual a proceeding?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. LAW)
It is not a fact that the police entered the workhouse at Dungarvan on the 12th instant, and remained there while the board was sitting. What really occurred was this. On the occasion in question there was an election being held for the clerkship of the Dungarvan Union. One of the candidates was put forward by the Land League, and a good deal of excitement existed. It was thought that a demonstration might be attempted by the crowd outside the workhouse against some of the Guardians when proceeding to vote, and it was therefore deemed advisable to take the usual course of 1665 having a small police force in the vicinity to preserve order if required.