§ MR. CAREW (Kildare, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the following statement in the Daily News of 20th February:—Twenty-nine more workmen were arrested to-day in Clongorey for building houses for the shelter of evicted tenants. The arrests were effected by a force of 100 policemen, and the prisoners were brought handcuffed to Newbridge, and were detained in the Bridewell until 6 o'clock, when they were discharged under bail to appear at Newbridge Petty Sessions to-morrow week. The district has been greatly excited by these arrests;whether it is a fact that on a previous day 14 other tradesmen and labourers engaged in similar work were, with Mr. Everett, their foreman, arrested and brought to Newbridge police barrack; whether these men at the time of their arrest were working on land from which tenants had been previously evicted, or on land still in occupation of tenants; why were they handcuffed, or did they show any disposition to evade arrest; and on what ground or by whose authority were the forces of the Crown so employed?
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
What was the charge against these men, and what authority had the police for arresting them?