HC Deb 19 February 1884 vol 284 c1339

asked the Postmaster General, If his attention has been directed to the following letter which appeared in The Dublin Daily Express on or about the 17th of January, in reference to the death of the Orangeman, Samuel Giffen, who was wounded by the police at Dromore—

"Sir,—I beg to enclose a cheque for £1 for the Dromore Fund (Giffen's), who died in the cause of loyalty to his Queen and Country, and shall he much obliged if you kindly insert this letter in your paper.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

L. F. S.

Maberly. Waverly Terrace, 173, Strand Road, Merrion.

16th January 1884."

Whether the author of this letter is one of the "Clerks in Charge" in the Surveyor's Department of the General Post Office, Dublin; and, whether he intends to take any action in this matter? In putting this Question, perhaps I may be allowed to say, for the purpose of making its purport more clear, that it is not intended to have reference to the payment of a subscription; but as to whether it is permissible for an employé of the Crown in Ireland to describe as a service to his Queen and to the cause of loyalty the conduct in which Giffen was engaged when wounded by the police?


With regard to the letter to which the hon. Member has directed my attention, I certainly think it would be much better if it had not been written by one who is in the public service. I shall take care to direct the writer's attention to this opinion; and I hope that it will induce him to be more circumspect in future.