HC Deb 23 July 1894 vol 27 c670
MR. CARSON (Dublin University)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to a leading article in The Limerick Leader of 11th July, which states that the evicted farm of O'Grady has been taken by a Mr. James Valentine, who hails from Naas, County Kildare; that in Ballybroad district a grabber ought not to have any pleasant quarters; and that the old policy of boycotting should be put in force, and announced that a public meeting will be held in the district in three weeks' time to denounce his conduct; whether the meeting referred to will be allowed to take place; and whether the incitement to boycotting contained in this paper has been brought under the notice of the Law Officers, and with what result?


The newspaper article referred to has been brought under the notice of the Attorney General, whose opinion is that, although the language in question may contain some evidence of an offence, yet it is too ambiguous to found a prosecution on it. The question of allowing, or disallowing, any meeting in the locality will be considered so soon as the local responsible authorities are in possession of definite information pointing to the fact that such a meeting is intended to be held. At present they have no information in the matter beyond the vague announcement in the newspaper article mentioned.