HC Deb 24 May 1898 vol 58 cc547-8
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

On behalf of the honourable and gallant Member for West Clare I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland: Is he aware that on Friday, 20th May, at Kilrush, Head Constable Thompson, Sergeant Wall, and Constable M'Cullough, of the Police force, Kilrush, without authority and without invitation intruded into a meeting of Nationalists at the Assembly Rooms, Kilrush, held for the purpose of forming a branch of the '98 Club to celebrate the centenary of 1798, and only after considerable remonstrance these constables were induced to withdraw; and will he forbid police constables to intrude at meetings in Ireland called for constitutional and legitimate purposes?


I beg at the same time to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the Head Constable, accompanied by two of his men, attended a meeting of the Kilrush '98 Club on the 20th instant, in spite of the protests of the Chairman of the Town Commissioners, Mr. L. O'Brien; and, if so, upon, whose authority the police acted?


I am making inquiry into the statements contained in these Questions, which only appeared on the Paper this morning for the first time.