HC Deb 08 November 1906 vol 164 c754

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that there was much riot and disorder connected with the recent election for the town of Galway; and can he state the number of the electors on the register at present in force, the population of the town, and the number of police that were employed to keep order during the three days preceding the election and on the day of polling.


Reports which I have received from the police authorities indicate that on the afternoon of the 1st instant considerable disturbance and fighting took place at Galway. On the following day there was no disturbance, and on the third, the day of the polling, there was no general disturbance or riot, but some little fighting occurred. The number of electors in Galway is 2,250, and the population about 16,000. No extra police were employed at Galway on 31st October. The number of police employed on 1st November was sixty; on 2nd November, 100; and on 3rd November, the polling day, 200. These figures include ten men of the ordinary town force.