12. Captain CRAIG
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. W. Joyce, J.P., of county Gal-way, is at present severely boycotted; how long this boycotting has existed; and whether anyone has been prosecuted for it?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
Mr. Joyce has been boycotted since November, 1907. On 3rd April, 1909, three men were bound to the peace for unlawful assembly in connection with a hostile demonstration towards Mr. Joyce's housekeeper. I am informed that the boycotting of this gentleman may be considered as practically at an end, and that he is now on friendly terms with his tenants, and can get as much local labour as he wants.
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
Has anyone been prosecuted in connection with the wholesale intimidation and boycotting of working men in Belfast?
15. Captain CRAIG
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Mr. W. Jones, holder of a farm at Killeen, Newtownforbes, county Longford, is at the present time severely boycotted; will he say how long has this boycotting continued; and whether anyone has been prosecuted in connection with this case?
§ Mr. FARRELL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that William Jones, of Killeen, has been dead for eighteen months? How can the hon. and gallant Gentleman tell whether he is boycotted now or not?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
My information differs from that of the hon. Member. Mr. Jones has been boycotted since April, 1909, but I understand from the police that the boycotting is about at an end. In December, 1910, several persons were tried in Dublin in connection with this matter, but the jury disagreed.