asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, If it is true that yesterday the riotous proceedings at Portadown were repeated, a peaceable meeting of tenant farmers being again assaulted; and, whether, in view of these continuous outrages, the Government will continue to abstain from directing either prosecution or inquiry with a view to bringing the criminals to justice?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. GIBSON)
Sir, the proceedings referred to by the hon. and learned Member only took place on Monday, and the Question only appeared on the Paper this morning, and there has not, therefore, been time to obtain an official Report. There is, however, a complete report in The Freeman's Journal, which states that the proceedings passed off quietly and without serious interruption, but that there was some throwing of stones, and one man was seriously wounded in the head by a stone thrown by a person who was at once arrested and carried off. Any person made 1175 amenable and against whom there is sufficient evidence will, of course, be prosecuted.