§ MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he was aware that a public meeting of the Protestant inhabitants of Randalstown, presided over by Lord O'Neill, was held on Saturday, 30th March; whether his attention had been called to the Resolution proposed by the Rev. R. Trimble, Presbyterian minister, seconded by the Rev. W. F. Garstin, Vicar of Randalstown, supported by the Rev. J. J. M'Clure, Presbyterian minister, and unanimously passed, protesting against a demonstration which took place on Sunday, the 17th instant; whether he had received any Reports 1791 from the Constabulary authorities as to the disorderly conduct alleged to have taken place; and whether steps would be taken in future to ensure the preservation of order and the protection of the Protestant population from annoyance on Sunday?
§ *MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I am informed that it is the case that a public meeting of the Protestant inhabitants of Randalstown, presided over by Lord O'Neill, was held on the date named, and that by the Resolution referred to in the second paragraph as well as in the addresses delivered at the meeting, attention was called to the disturbances created on the 17th of March and to the interruptions caused thereby to Divine service. The police report that it is the case the band played through the town while Divine service was proceeding. The police will do all in their power to secure the objects referred to in the last paragraph of the question.