HC Deb 07 July 1893 vol 14 c1066
MR. HARRINGTON (Dublin, Harbour)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the evidence given, on oath, at an inquest held on the 4th instant, at the Coroner's Court, Dublin, on Patrick Donnelly, who committed suicide by hanging on the morning of the 3rd instant, whilst temporarily insane from the effects of drink; whether he has noticed that at said inquest it was sworn to by several witnesses that drink had been obtained by the deceased and others, at various hours, between 8.45 a.m. and midnight on Sunday, the 2nd instant, at. a so-called workmen's club situated at 16, Denmark Street, a poor and decayed locality, kept or managed by a man named Joyce; that it was also sworn to by the witnesses that neither the deceased nor his companions, who were so supplied with drink at said club, were any of them members of said club; that neither deceased nor his companions were any of them introduced by a member of said club; that the drink supplied to deceased and his companions was in each case paid for by them, and not by any member of said club; and that any one who pleased, whether a member of the club or not, and without being introduced by a member, could go into the club and get and pay for drink without any question being asked; whether such supplying of drink to non-members of the club, not introduced by a member and not paid for by a member, constitutes a breach of the Excise and Licensing Laws, as well as a fraudulent evasion of the Rules under which bonâ fide workmen's clubs are legally constituted; and whether the authorities propose to take any action in the matter, in order that a decision may be arrived at?


The facts are correctly set forth in the question. The police have taken immediate steps to bring the person who sold the drink to Donnelly before the Magistrate for having sold drink without a licence.

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