At a recent Limerick Corporation meeting, proceedings were extremely boisterous and disorderly. When Councillor Herbert and Councillor O’Brien proposed and seconded a resolution of sympathy for Lord Dunraven over the death of Lady Rachel Fitzgerald, they were met with booing and groans from a large crowd. The hostility was due to these councillors’ previous support for Unionist candidate, Sir Thomas Cleeve, at the mayoral elections. The resolution passed in respectful silence, but as new committees were being elected, the names of Labor Party members who also supported the Unionist were struck off, with uproar from beyond the barrier. Several heated exchanges occurred between councillors on opposite sides of the Chamber, with intermittent order maintained by the Mayor throughout.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Friday 01 February 1901