asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that on Sunday evening, 18th July last, on the return of the Hibernians from Dundalk, where they had been attending a demonstration, they fired several shots out of the train when passing Altnaveigh Orange Hall, which is situated about a mile from Newry, convenient to the railway line; whether he is aware that, on the same occasion, shots were also discharged from the train into the waiting-room at Bessbrook Railway Station, and it was only 635 by accident that someone was not shot; and whether he can state if the matter was brought to the notice of the police and if any arrests were made?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I am informed by the constabulary authorities that on the occasion in question two shots were fired from an excursion train while passing at full speed near the Orange Hall, outside Newry, and that another shot was fired while the train was leaving Bessbrook Station. No arrests were made and none were possible. The matter was subsequently reported to the police, who examined the part of the station where the shot was fired, but could find no trace of shot or bullet.
Is there any restriction whatever on the carrying of arms by these Hibernians when they go for their holidays?
§ Mr. CULLINAN
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will see that when the Orange party are travelling they will not be allowed to discharge firearms in Catholic quarters?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Orange party has not fired a shot this year?