A Limerick correspondent reports that the police have begun taking active measures for the first time since the city was proclaimed under the Crimes Act. Two Clare men, Mr T. Linnane, chairman of the Ennis District Council, and Mr Joseph O’Sullivan from Corofin, were discharged from Limerick Gaol after completing three months’ imprisonment under the Crimes Act. In response, Alderman Joyce and others arranged for a public demonstration. However, police took action by tearing down placards convening the meeting and are taking further steps to prevent it from being held.
Meanwhile, a closed-door meeting of a branch of the United Irish League was held yesterday at Abbeyfeale, attended by Mr J.P. Farrell, MP. A band that was heading to the rendezvous was ordered back by the police, leading to a slight confrontation before the band retreated. The area in question is one where a man was alleged to have taken a farm from which a tenant had been evicted.
These recent events demonstrate the ongoing tensions between local authorities and those who challenge the enforcement of the Crimes Act. Many residents and demonstrators argue that such enforcement impinges on freedom of expression, while others emphasize the need for law and order in the region.
Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Monday 08 September 1902