§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (The Marquess of SALISBURY)
My Lords, it may be for the convenience of your Lordships that I should announce that the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with the advice of the Privy Council, has to-day, by Proclamation, declared the National League to be a dangerous association under Section 6 of 1064 the Crimes Act, and has thus taken power under that Statute to prohibit and suppress that association by order in any district where such a step may be required for forbidding intimidation or interference with the administration of the law. The Proclamation, which I will lay on the Table, is in the following terms:—
§ "By the Lord Lieutenant and Privy Council in Ireland.
§ "A Special Proclamation.
§ "WHEREAS we are satisfied that there exists in Ireland an association known by the name of the Irish National League, and that said association in parts of Ireland promotes and incites to acts of violence and intimidation and interferes with the administration of the law.
§ "Now, We, the Lord Lieutenant-General and General Governor of Ireland, by and with the advice of the Privy Council in Ireland, by virtue of section 6. of 'The Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, 1887,' and of every power and authority in this behalf, do by this Our special Proclamation, declare from the date hereof the said association known as the Irish National League to be dangerous.
§ "This Proclamation shall be promulgated by the same being published in the Dublin Gazette, and by a printed copy thereof being posted at every police station or barrack and every place in which divisional police courts or petty sessions are held respectively in Ireland.
§ "Given at the Council Chamber, Dublin Castle, this 19th day of August 1887.
§ "ASHBOURNE, C.
§ "HEDGES EYRE CHATTERTON.
§ "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN."
§ Laid before the House (pursuant to Act), and ordered to lie on the Table.