HC Deb 02 May 1893 vol 11 cc1739-40

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in The Dublin Daily Express of 29th April, that on the preceding day the windows of the Whit-worth Hall, the Presbyterian Church, and St. Mark's Church, in Drogheda, were smashed by the mob returning from a Home Rule meeting in that town, and that the carriages of several Unionists returning from an Anti-Home Rule meeting were attacked, the occupants receiving severe injuries; and what steps have been taken to bring the offenders to justice?

DR. AMBROSE (Louth, S.)

Have not leading Home Rulers condemned this outrage, and offered to pay the expense of the damage done?


Some regrettable occurrences did take place on the occasion referred to, though not, I am glad to say, to the extent indicated by the language of the question. Some panes of glass were broken, but the damage will be covered by a few shillings. Stones were thrown at the carriage of Colonel Coddington, striking three of the occupants, but not injuring them seriously. So far as the police are aware, this is the only carriage at which stones were thrown. I understand that some of the leading Nationalists of Drogheda have written to the rector expressing regret at what occurred, and offering to pay the expense of the damage done.

MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the fact that on the occasion of the recent visit of the Leader of the Opposition to Dublin——


Order, order! That does not arise out of the question on the Paper.