HC Deb 04 March 1908 vol 185 cc693-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to an assault on a servant girl in the employment of a lady, named Mrs. Greated, of Lough George, county Galway, by a number of men when leaving the chapel where she had attended mass on Sunday, 23rd February last, and whether the police present were obliged to charge the crowd of men who were hooting and hustling the girl; whether he has any official information showing that the girl was so assaulted in consequence of the refusal of Mrs. Greated to obey the behests of the local branch of the United Irish League to give up her farm; and whether the Irish. Executive will notify that branch of the League that it will be no party to the dividing of grass lands among the neighbouring tenants where intimidation has been brought to bear to dispossess the present tenant.


On the occasion in question a number of men followed the sister of a servant in Mrs. Greated's employment, and hooted and groaned at her. The police warned the men to desist and, upon their failing to do so, dispersed them. The girl was not assaulted. Seven of the persons were summoned by the police to find sureties to keep the peace. The case was heard yesterday, when the summonses were adjourned for two months upon the defendants undertaking not to interfere with Mrs. Greated or her servants in the meantime. The police have no knowledge that the United Irish League has interfered with Mrs. Greated. In fact, no branch of the League exists in the locality.