HC Deb 29 April 1908 vol 187 cc1264-5

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that the magistrates, sitting at Charlestown Petty Sessions on the 10th April, by a majority refused informations in the case of six men charged with unlawful assembly on the 18th March, when it was alleged that they formed part of a crowd who took letters containing processes of ejectment for rent from the rural postman; whether two resident magistrates dissented from the decision of the majority, and one of them stated that he had never heard a dearer primâ facie case put forward by the prosecution; and whether he proposes to take further steps to place these men upon trial for the offences alleged against them.


The facts are substantially as stated by the hon. Member. The question of taking further proceedings has been fully considered by my right hon. friend the Attorney-General for Ireland, who has decided that having regard to the decision of the majority of the bench, the case is not one in which he would be justified in sending up a Bill to the grand jury.