Last night’s division saw a minority of 64, mainly Irish Nationalist members, raising concerns over the seizure of numerous copies of Mr William O’Brien’s Irish People newspaper by constabulary in Limerick and Mallow. More than 20 Liberals joined the minority vote, objecting to the executive acting without warrant and assuming judicial powers. The action of these Liberals was not driven by agreement with the language published in the Dublin newspaper, but rather by a desire to uphold proper due process and maintain the separation of powers.
The seizure of newspapers from newsagents’ shops has sparked concerns among the members of the Irish Nationalist party, as well as among some Radical and Liberal members. They question the legality of the executive’s actions, as it appears to have bypassed proper due process and taken on judicial responsibilities. This incident highlights the ongoing tensions between political parties seeking to protect free speech and those aiming to maintain order and public safety. As the debate continues, it will be crucial for all parties involved to balance these values while respecting the rule of law and democratic norms in their pursuit of a just resolution.
Western Daily Press – Saturday 11 May 1901