HC Deb 13 April 1899 vol 69 c975

The following Question was on the Paper:—


To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether in a police charge at a meeting held in Castle-bar on 2nd April, the 18 police engaged were armed with rifles and the rest with batons; whether he is aware that the people were simply taking part in an orderly meeting got up for the purpose of carrying out the enactments of the Local Government (Ireland) Act; whether he is aware that a poor boy had his head and ear cut open by a. blow of a baton, and is now in hospital, and whether he is entitled to any compensation for such injury, and, if so, from whom; by whose orders were the police ordered to draw their batons and rifles and charge the crowd; and was the person so ordering within his right in doing so: and, if not, will his conduct be brought before the proper authorities?

When the question was called, DR. AMBROSE said: The question has been altered so as to make it ungrammatical, and one paragraph has been omitted altogether. I shall not therefore put it, but will ask it to-morrow in its original form.