HC Deb 08 September 1887 vol 320 cc1651-2
MR. FINUCANE (Limerick, E.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Cappamore constabulary recently pulled down by force a banneret from the house of Mr. Martin Ryan, Towerhill, County Limerick, on which were the words "Evictors, come on;" whether Mr. Ryan, on same day, expected to be evicted by the Sheriff; and, whether the words on the banneret constitute a breach of the law; and, if not, by whose authority the police acted?


(who replied) said: The Constabulary Authorities report that on the 25th of August Martin Ryan, who had adopted the Plan of Campaign, was to have been evicted. He had barricaded his house, and in the evening fastened on the outside of the house a piece of calico with the words, "Plan of Campaign;" "Evictors, come on;" "No surrender." The words did constitute a defiance of the law, and were calculated to lead to disorder, breach of the peace, and obstruction to the law. The police sergeant, in the discharge of his duty, properly removed it.