§ 51. Mr. O'DOWD
asked the right hon. Gentleman whether he has received a resolution from the Sooey, Ballintogher, county Sligo, branch of the United Irish League, praying that their flag, which was captured by the police in Dromahaire in 1903, be returned to them; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I have received the resolution referred to. The police authorities inform me that no flag was seized at Dromahaire in 1903, but that in September, 1899, on the occasion of an attempt to hold a meeting which had been proclaimed at that place, a band was dispersed by force and their flag seized. In the struggle to obtain possession of the flag it was torn to pieces and nothing of it remains.