HC Deb 10 July 1890 vol 346 cc1316-7

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland if he will state why "The Indecent Advertisements Act, 1889," is not more stringently enforced in the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Clontarf districts; and have any prosecutions taken place within those areas?


I am informed that the police are watching the advertisements closely, and are making every effort to enforce the Statute. I am further informed that since the Statute came into operation the phraseology of certain objectionable advertisements has been modified. Several cases have been reported for prosecution. Of these, the strongest was taken as a test case. It was adjourned for a week and then dismissed, the Magistrate expressing his regret at having to adopt such a course. No opportunity will be lost of instituting further proceedings where there is a likelihood of obtaining a conviction.