HC Deb 19 December 1919 vol 123 cc960-2
Lord EDMUND TALBOT (Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

I beg to move, "That this House, at its rising this day do adjourn until Monday next."


I desire to know whether, in view of the great anxiety of this House, we may have some statement concerning the reported assassination of the Viceroy of Ireland?


That is hardly relevant to the Motion that we should adjourn until Monday. Perhaps the House will look over the irregularity in this case, although it is not the subject-matter of debate.

The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Macpherson)

At one o'clock to-day, between Ashtown Station and Ashtown Park Gate in the Phœnix Park, an attempt was made upon His Excellency's life. Four bombs or hand grenades were thrown from behind a hedge. The military guard fired upon the murderers, one of whom was on the road. He was shot dead. Detective Halley was shot in the hand while attempting to discharge his revolver. A constable on duty at the crossroads close by the scene of the outrage was also wounded by gunfire. The rest of the murderers, who discharged shots from behind the hedge, escaped. The deal murderer has been identified. In his possession were found two revolvers.

I feel sure that the House and the country will be glad to hear that His Excellency escaped uninjured, and that they will extend their sympathy to the men who were wounded while doing their duty.

Whereupon MR. SPEAKER adjourned the House, without Question put, pursuant to Standing Order No. 3, till Monday next, pursuant to the Resolution of the, House of this day.

Adjourned at. Twenty-four minutes after Six o'clock.

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