HC Deb 30 March 1882 vol 268 cc298-9

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that, on the 25th instant, a body of policemen again forced themselves into the room where a meeting of the Young Ireland Society was being held in Dublin, and insisted upon obtaining the names of the persons present; whether the Young Ireland Society is a purely literary one; whether the police have general power to use their discretion to break into any meeting they please, no matter what its object may be; and, whether he will protect this Literary Society from interference?


, in reply, said, that the police had entered a meeting of the Young Ireland Society in Dublin because they had been informed that another meeting was to be held. They did not insist upon having the names of those present. It was impossible to know the nature of those meetings without making inquiries, and the police had confined themselves to making such inquiries in a civil manner.


I feel bound, in consequence of the reply of the right hon. Gentleman, to give Notice that I shall advise members of the Young Ireland Society to forcibly resist in future any illegal entrances by the police.