HC Deb 03 March 1885 vol 294 cc1906-7

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the Irish Government hold that the law of England with regard to meetings, as stated by the Home Secretary in the following passage, does not apply to Ireland:— In a particular case the magistrates ordered that a meeting should not he held, on the ground that information had been sworn that there was danger of a breach of the peace, and the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice declared that the magistrates had no authority to stop a meeting in these circumstances.… Therefore, I say, since that decision (Beatty and others, Appellants, Gillbanks, Respondent, 13th June 1882), the power to stop processions on these grounds seemed to be put an end to, and that they could not be prohibited; and, if so, whether their view is founded on the judgment in the case of O'Kelly v. Harvey, and would he cite therefrom the passages which the Government consider to be a reversal of the decision in Beatty v. Gillbanks?


I stated yesterday what the law in Ireland is with reference to processions, and that law governs the action of all magistrates in that country. The case of "O'Kelly v. Harvey" is only one of the decisions in Ireland supporting that view. I did not state that the Irish Courts had reversed, or purported to reverse, the English decision.


Yesterday the right hon. Gentleman stated that he would quote the passage on which the decisions on which the magistrates acted was founded. To-day he has not quoted any passage whatever. I will put this Question again.