HC Deb 10 June 1903 vol 123 c453

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Orange lodges of Newry have decided to hold a demonstration at Rostrevor, on the 12th proximo; and whether, in view of the opinions expressed last year on behalf of the Irish Executive, and in the interests of public peace, he will at once prohibit the meeting.


Any decision of the Government to prohibit a meeting, or to regulate place of or route of access to a meeting, must be based on the circumstances of each case. I know of nothing in the present condition of Ireland which leads me to believe that any body of Irishmen intend to adopt an attitude so provocative towards any other body of Irishmen as to call for the intervention of the Government.


Do the Irish Government still adhere to the opinion of last year that Rostrevor is not a suitable place for demonstrations?


I have said that each case must be considered as it arises, and in view of the surrounding circumstances.