HC Deb 20 May 1886 vol 305 cc1527-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is the fact that the police issued summonses against some persons said to be guilty of riotous behaviour in the town of Listowel on the 28th April and 4th May; whether, notwithstanding their having general instructions from the Town Commissioners to proceed for any breach of the Towns Improvement Act, that body called a special meeting on the evening of 7th May, and, without consulting the police, passed a Resolution directing the summonses to be withdrawn; and, whether, under the circumstances, the Attorney General will exercise the power given to him by the ninety-second section of the Towns Improvement Act, and authorise the constabulary to proceed against the parties charged with the alleged riotous behaviour?


Sir, the facts are as stated. The summonses have not been withdrawn, and will come on for hearing on the 22nd instant. It is, therefore, unnecessary for the Attorney General to consider his powers under the 92nd section of the Towns Improvement Act. His present opinion is that the section has no application to cases of this kind.