§ MR. J. O'CONNOR (Tipperary, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has seen the statement in the Times of the 20th instant, to the effect that a number of children attending the Convent and National Schools, Tipperary, left, because the children of some policemen were received as pupils; that they marched through the streets in a body, and were eventually dispersed by the police; and what was the reason for their dispersal?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Constabulary Authorities report that it is the case that on the 18th, 19th, and 20th instant children stayed away from the Convent and National Schools, Tipperary, on account of the children of the police and other boycotted people attending those schools. On the 18th the procession was not disorderly, and was not interfered with. On the 19th it was disorderly, and two flags were taken from it, whereupon it dispersed. On the 20th some grown lads joined the procession, stones were thrown from it at a tenant who was believed to have paid his rent. A little girl was seriously injured by being struck upon the head with one of the stones. Two policemen arriving upon the scene, the procession dispersed.