§ MR. FLYNN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on the occasion of a public meeting announced to be held in the Commercial Club, Fermoy, County Cork, on 22nd instant, to hear an address from Mr. Michael Condon, of Lancaster, on the present political situation, a policeman, Sergeant Kelly, stood at the entrance door of the club and refused to allow Mr. Condon and Mr. Thomas Barry, P.L.G., to pass into the premises; and, on being asked by Mr. Barry on what authority he was so acting, this policeman replied that he would not answer a "pig head like him"; whether the Constabulary Authorities can state upon whose authority the Committee acted upon this occasion; and upon what grounds did he prevent the entrance of the gentleman named to the premises of the Commercial Club?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
The Constabulary authorities report that the constable was on duty. He denies that he refused to allow the persons named to enter the premises, or that he used the language attributed to him.