§ MR. W. A. MACDONALD (Queen's Co., Ossory)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that the police at Borris-in-Ossory, Queen's County, have torn down all the posters announcing a collection in aid of the Marquess of Lansdowne's evicted tenants at Luggacurran; and, if so, whether he will inform the House by virtue of what Act of Parliament the police took this course?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: Yes, Sir; six placards, announcing a collection in aid of what was represented as the Luggacurran Campaign, wore torn down by the police. The placards directly, though not expressly, advocated the Plan of Campaign, and the Divisional Magistrate properly ordered their removal.
§ MR. W. A. MACDONALD
Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman answer what is really the important part of the Question; by virtue of what Act of Parliament the placards were torn down?
§ COLONEL KING-HARMAN
The Divisional Magistrate acted in pursuance of his duty as an officer in charge 1677 of the district, and in the interests of peace.