HC Deb 19 July 1916 vol 84 c1021
82. Major GUINNESS

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can give any information as to the riot which took place in Cork on the night of the 13th July owing to the nonarrival of released prisoners who were expected from Dublin; and whether any damage was done to the recruiting offices in Cork?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Herbert Samuel);

The newspaper accounts of this occurrence have been greatly exaggerated. There was nothing in the nature of a riot. A noisy crowd of about 100 persons gathered at the station and subsequently proceeded through the streets, but dispersed quickly on the appearance of additional police. A window in the recruiting office was broken apparently by a member of the crowd.


Is it not a fact that, about 800 men, many of them of military age, boohed the troops in the streets?


No, Sir.


Did they have any portraits taken?