§ Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland on what authority the police in Listowel, Co. Kerry, have 1522W ordered all shopkeepers in that town to withdraw or delete all signboards containing names in the Irish language?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
It is not the case that the police in Listowel have ordered all shopkeepers to withdraw or delete all signboards containing names in the Irish language, but where owners of licensed premises, have their names in Irish characters only over their premises, they have been ordered to affix their names in English in compliance with Section 25 of the Excise Licenses Act, 1825, and Section 11 of the Licensing Act, 1872. I may add that repeated efforts have been made in Listowel by persons styling themselves the Irish Republican police to compel shopkeepers to put up their names in Irish, that some who refused to do so had their signboards tarred, and that local painters were prevented from removing the tar stains.