HC Deb 22 May 1905 vol 146 c969

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland who was the resident magistrate who issued the proclamation forbidding a political meeting at Carrowkeel, county Galway, on April 30th; upon what information he proceeded and the grounds upon which he took action; when was the proclamation issued; and if, before issue of the proclamation, the facts upon which the magistrate acted were submitted to the Government.


The proclamation was issued by Mr. Bell, resident magistrate, on April 29th. It was based on an information sworn by the district inspector of police, referring to the placards convening the meeting, which called on the people to assemble in their thousands and show by their presence that a certain farm must be divided among the people. The remainder of the information was to the purport and effect that the object and effect of the meeting, if held, would be intimidation, and that the meeting would cause a breach of the peace. The reply to the concluding inquiry is in the affirmative.