HC Deb 21 March 1890 vol 342 cc1505-6
MR. WEBB (Waterford, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact, as reported, that Lord Chief Justice O'Brien was, at Waterford, on Tuesday, presented with a pair of white gloves, there being no criminal business for the whole County of Waterford to go before him; and whether, under these circumstances, the Government propose cancelling any application they have made to the county of the provisions of the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act?


I am informed that it is the case that at the opening of the Waterford Assizes the Lord Chief Justice was presented with a pair of white gloves in consequence of there being no cases for trial. This, however, does not represent the true condition of that county, and the learned Judge, in his address to the Grand Jury, had to refer to a recent deliberate murder committed in the county and to the prevalence of the crimes of boycotting and intimidation. The authorities responsible for the peace of the county report that they are unable at the present time to recommend the withdrawal of the application of the provisions of the Crimes Act in force therein.


Did not the learned Judge speak of boycotting as a crime well-known to the Common Law; and, if so, is not the Common Law sufficient to meet cases of boycotting?


Every crime is capable of being dealt with by the Common Law.