HC Deb 05 March 1891 vol 351 c255
MR. DE COBAIN (Belfast, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been drawn to a serious collision in Donegall Street, Belfast, between a tramcar and another vehicle at the narrow part of the street where the provisions of the Act of Parliament had been infringed in the laying of the tram lines, and, as loss of life had quite recently taken place at the same point, would he impress upon the Local Authority the necessity for securing greater safety for the ordinary traffic of the city at this and other equally dangerous points?


The only collision between a tramcar in Belfast and another vehicle, which has come under the notice of the police, occurred in Royal Avenue. The matter subsequently came before the Recorder on appeal, who acquitted the tramway officials of all blame. The other case to which my hon. Friend refers is probably that of a schoolboy, who was run over by a passing tramcar when jumping off the foot of another tramcar, on which he had been riding surreptitiously. The coroner's jury found the death to be accidental. I have no doubt the Local Authority give due attention to all such cases that come before them.