HC Deb 16 May 1906 vol 157 cc493-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the proceedings of the East Galway executive of the United Irish League, at a meeting held on Sunday, April 22nd, at Ballinasloe, at which it was decided that all graziers should be written to to surrender their farms; what stops the Government have taken to counteract the action of the league in the matter; and what steps they intend to take to reassure tenants of grazing farms that they will receive adequate protection against intimidation of this kind at the instance of the United Irish League.


I am informed by the police authorities that the meeting referred to was held within doors, and that the police have no evidence as to what pay have occurred at it. It is the duty of the police to afford any protection which may be necessary to all classes of His Majesty's subjects. The police, however, have no reason to apprehend that any special measures of this kind will be necessary in the district referred to.


Is the charge of intimidation made in the latter part of the Question in order?


I do not think the words are very objectionable. They relate evidently to certain letters written to tenants calling on them to surrender their farms. Possibly a better phrase might have been chosen.