HC Deb 06 August 1902 vol 112 c792

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can say why the members of the Midleton (County Cork) band were prevented by the police from playing in front of the residence of the Chairman of the Water-ford County Council on the occasion of their recent visit to Tallow; why the police followed the band during their stay in Tallow, and threatened them with violence if they played through the town; and will he state the reasons for such proceedings.


The place at which the band proposed to play was opposite the business premises of a trader who has been and is still the subject of boycotting. The object the police had in view in preventing the band from playing at this particular point was to avoid a hostile demonstration and to prevent intimidation. The band was not prevented from playing elsewhere in the town, and there is no foundation for the statement that the members of the band were threatened with violence by the police if they played through the town.