HC Deb 04 December 1893 vol 19 c363
MR. M. AUSTIN (Limerick, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether it has been brought to his notice that at the meetings of the Newcastle Branch of the Irish National Federation a constable is in attendance outside the door watching those who enter the meeting-hall; and by whose directions and with what object is the constable ordered there to watch the movements of the people who join in the meeting; and will the Executive take steps to prevent this interference with the rights of the people?


In this and the majority of cases there seems to be no necessity for a continuance of the practice of watching the movements of persons joining in these meetings; but, of course, circumstances may conceivably exist in which it is desirable that the movements of certain individuals should be kept under observation.