HC Deb 01 August 1882 vol 273 c377

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is the fact that Sub-constable Hogg, of Ballylanders, county Limerick, tore down a placard, on the 23rd instant, announcing— That there would be a collection on Sunday next, 30th July, for the families of the seventy or eighty tenants evicted throughout the Country by Cloncurry, Marshall, Lloyd, &c. Assistance will be given to any farmer whose farm was bought by the Emergency Association, and who has been evicted; by what authority he did so; whether a circular which he stated would some time ago be issued to the police, on the subject of posters, has been so sent; if there is any objection to its terms being read to the House; and, whether the Government approve of the sub-constable's conduct?


Sir, I find that such a placard or notice as that referred to in the Question of the hon. Member was taken down by Sub-constable Hogg, of Ballylanders, acting upon his own responsibility as a peace officer. I am not quite satisfied that he was justified in taking down this notice, and I will have further inquiry made into the matter. On inquiry I cannot find that a Circular referring to the placards of the Labour League or Shepherd's Association has been issued, which was the Circular referred to in my answer; but no general order on the subject has been issued.