HC Deb 27 May 1886 vol 306 c207

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he has had any further information regarding the recent disturbances at Listowel, which would show that the original summonses issued by the police at the instance of the Town Commissioners were withdrawn by their direction, the disturbances having been directed against a boycotted gentleman; and, whether the only proceedings taken against the parties have been under Common Law, with the view of merely binding them over to keep the peace?


The prosecutions, which were instituted under the Towns Improvement Act in this case, fell through in consequence of the Town Commissioners directing the clerk not to prosecute. The police, thereupon, acting upon instructions, took such proceedings as were open to them under the general law, with the result that six of the defendants have been bound over to be of good behaviour for 12 months.