HC Deb 09 May 1904 vol 134 cc769-70
MR. JOSEPH DEVLIN (Kilkenny, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that a disorderly demonstration took place in Lisburn on Saturday; whether he is aware that the three Orange bands which took part were imported from Belfast; and whether, in view of the fact that in the interests of peace the Nationalists abandoned their sports, he will make representations to the local Orange leaders as to the advisability of their pursuing a similar course.


The occurrence to which the hon. Member refers was not a Party demonstration in the sense attached to that word in Ireland, but was merely one of numerous excursions that take place in the locality in the spring and summer months. It had no connection whatever with recent events in Lisburn. There was no disorder beyond a few cases of drunkenness.


I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in the case of the prosecution of a man named Robinson in connection with the Lisburn disturbances, he will arrange to have the prosecution taken up by the Crown, in view of the fact that the police were witnesses of Robinson's conduct.


Proceedings have been instituted against Robinson for injury done to the goal posts, by the committee of the Lisburn Hurling Club. The case will be heard at petty sessions on Thursday next. The police authorities are of opinion, in which the Government concurs, that an amicable arrangement having been arrived at the better course for the Crown will be to leave the question of litigation to the parties.