HC Deb 26 April 1904 vol 133 cc1186-7
SIR JOHN KENNAWAY (Devonshire, Honiton)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can give information as to the steps being taken by His Majesty's Government to ensure protection of life, property, and freedom of trading to the Jewish population in Limerick.


The position of the small Jewish population in Limerick has engaged the most careful and anxious consideration of the Government. When the exhibition of hostility to the Jews first manifested itself the police received special instructions to use their best efforts to protect them in their person and property, and in a number of cases the police have prosecuted to conviction individuals guilty of the offence of molesting them. The Limerick Jews are a well-conducted section of the community, engaged for the greater part in small trades or businesses and dependent for their livelihood on the goodwill of their customers. They have been visited from time to time by the police who have encouraged them in every possible way. The police will spare no effort to check disorder and put a stop to any overt acts of illegality directed against the Jews which may come under their notice.

MR. LUNDON (Limerick, E.)

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the cause of the trouble is to be found in the usurious exactions of these Jews?

[No answer was returned.]