HC Deb 26 May 1902 vol 108 cc548-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the burning of a public house owned by a Roman Catholic in Dromore, County Down; whether he is aware that the premises were purchased on the 21st ultimo for £950 by Mr. Francis Jordan, that the protection order was issued by the magistrates at Dromore Petty Sessions on the 22nd ultimo, that the house was fired on the 23rd ultimo, and that a mob demolished the remainder of the premises on the 24th ultimo; whether any, and, if so, what steps have been taken to bring the incendiaries and rioters to justice; whether he has received reports of any other cases of burning and rioting having taken place in this neighbourhood within the past eighteen months; and whether it is intended to proclaim this district under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act.


The facts are generally as stated in the first part of the Question. Every effort has been made to trace the person or persons who set fire to the house, but so far without result. Proceedings have been ordered against a number of persons for malicious damage to the premises on the 24th April, and the cases will be heard at Petty Sessions tomorrow. A riot took place in the locality on the 6th March last. The reply to the last inquiry is in the negative.