§ CAPTAIN M'CALMONT (Antrim, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland will he explain on what grounds His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland received an address from the Corporation of Limerick on Tuesday last, in which allusion was made favourable to Home Rule, and the granting of amnesty to the dynamite prisoners, seeing that he has declined to receive addresses from Public Bodies in Ireland opposed to Home Rule on the ground that they contained political matter?
THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. J. MORLEY, Newcastle, upon-Tyne)
I have not had an opportunity of submitting this question to the Lord Lieutenant, who is still absent from Dublin. All I know is that his Excellency adheres to his view that political addresses are inappropriate, and in more than one instance where copies of proposed addresses in connection with this tour were submitted to him before he left Dublin political references were struck out at his request.
§ MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
May I ask whether it is a fact that the 541 Enchantress, with His Excellency on board, is weatherbound at Carrigabolt, on her way to Tralee, and that the only sign of rejoicing in the last-mentioned place in anticipation of his visit was a display of Union Jacks from the Protestant Hall?
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
Seeing that the Lord Lieutenant, either on his own initiative or on the advice of the right hon. Gentleman, refused to receive certain addresses on his accession to Office because they contained political sentiments in favour of the Union, will the right hon. Gentleman cause inquiries to be made as to whether His Excellency has now received addresses with political allusions to the dynamite prisoners and to Home Rule?
§ MR. SEXTON (Kerry, N.)
I beg to ask whether the right hon. Gentleman thinks it can be reasonably held that an appeal for the exercise of the prerogative of clemency should be described as a political allusion?
MR. J. MORLEY
I must really disclaim any right or any intention to exercise a censorship over the Lord Lieutenant.
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
I beg to give notice that on the Vote for the Lord Lieutenant's Household I shall call attention to the question.