HC Deb 29 November 1920 vol 135 cc938-9W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the destruction of the Irish College at Enniscrone, County Sligo, by the armed forces of the Crown; whether these forces burst in the doors and set the building on fire with petrol and straw; whether the raiders afterwards commandeered paint and brushes, with which they defaced the fronts of a number of houses with mottoes such as "Up, Lloyd George "; Up, Cromwell"; "Beware and mind your rotten town"; whether money was found missing from houses visited by the raiders; whether the people were warned not to remove any of the inscriptions and threats were made that the raiders would return and avenge Dublin: and whether he will take any action in this matter?


I have received a report which states that the town hall of Enniscrone, which is not an Irish college, but in which a course of Irish classes was recently given, was burned down on the 23rd instant, and inscriptions of the kind mentioned were found to have been painted on a number of houses. The police have no knowledge of the persons by whom these outrages were committed, but are making inquiries.