§ Mr. FIELD
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that Superintendent Murphy stopped the Corporation labourers' band and the citizens' contingent on their way to the Town Tenants' League meeting last Sunday; and whether he can state upon whose authority this action was taken, and upon what information it was arranged to interfere with the right of public meeting?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
As the hon. Member has already been informed, the meeting referred to was to be held immediately outside premises in Upper Kevin Street where the landlord had taken proceedings to evict the tenant. The police considered that a meeting at this place would have an intimidatory effect, and informed the promoters that the meeting could not be held there. They made, no objection to its being held in Lower Kevin Street, which is in the vicinity. The band of the1144W Corporation laoburers, followed by a crowd of about 100 persons, was stopped by the police on arriving at Upper Kevin Street and informed accordingly, and they withdrew at once