§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the Armagh Urban Council refused permission for a monument to be erected in Armagh to the memory of the Royal Irish Fusiliers who were killed during the late South African war; whether he is also aware that a force of police was drafted into Armagh to protect certain persons in erecting and unveiling a monument to the memory of a man called Carbery, who was killed when fighting with the Boers against British troops; and will he say what was the cost to the ratepayers for the extra police, and what action, if any, does he propose taking in the matter.
On the 5th instant, the Armagh Urban District Council refused to grant a site opposite to the Court House for the purpose mentioned in the first part of the Question. On the 8th June, 1902, an extra force of 102 police was drafted into Armagh for the preservation of the peace in connection with the unveiling, in a cemetery, of a memorial to the person mentioned in the second part of the Question. The cost of the extra police, which fell on local rates, was 1032 £20 12s. 2d. The Local Government Board have no power to interfere with the discretion of the district council as to granting a site.