HC Deb 03 May 1883 vol 278 cc1707-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is the case that, at the recent election of Guardians for the Glenfarne Division of the Manorhamilton Union, the Reverends Messrs. Flynn and M'Ganran, Roman Catholic curates, made a house to house canvass in the interest of the Land League candidate, and promised seed potatoes and money to those who supported him, and whether this was done in opposition to the wishes of their ecclesiastical superior; whether, in the distribution of these funds, those who had paid their rents or voted for Mr. Maguire were excluded, and told they should not participate for those reasons; whether Mr. Flynn has been for some time past the recognised agent of the Land League in the district; and whether all the wooden huts, seed, and cash have been remitted to him for distribution; if it is true that a placard was taken down by the police from the gate of Glenfarne Chapel on Sunday the 15th instant, signed by B. Claney, the candidate supported by these clergymen, in which those who voted for Mr. Maguire were designated a "villianous gang;" and, what action it is proposed to take against those who have been guilty of these practices?


Sir, careful and minute inquiry has been made, the result of which is to show that the hon. Member has been misinformed on the subject. The reverend gentleman named did not act in the manner described. It is true that a placard bearing the name of B. Claney, and containing expressions of the character quoted was taken down by the police; but Claney denies all connection with the document, and the local police believe that he had nothing to do with it.