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Limerick City Shines in the Summer Assizes: A Testament to Law and Order

In a remarkable display of judicial proceedings, the Summer Assizes for Limerick City commenced today, drawing attention to the city’s commitment to maintaining law and order. The proceedings, overseen by Mr William Halliday, J.P., the City High Sheriff, unfolded at the Limerick City Courthouse with an atmosphere of diligence and impartiality.

Addressing the gathered audience, Mr John F. Power highlighted the city’s distinguished reputation for maintaining order, surpassing other towns in the region. Contrary to preconceived notions, he emphasized that recent police data indicated a notable absence of serious criminal cases. While acknowledging sporadic incidents, Mr Power pointed out that Limerick had become a role model for low crime rates, even compared to larger cities in Ireland and abroad.

The Grand Jury, heeding the conscientious discharge of their duties, was commended for their dedication in addressing crimes, both major and minor. Limerick City, it was noted, had achieved a record that not only the city itself but all of Ireland could take pride in.

Mr Power further touched upon the decrease in instances of public drunkenness, attributing this positive trend to the collabourative efforts of various stakeholders, notably the clergy. He expressed gratitude to the clergy, especially the Fathers, for their role in fostering a sense of responsibility and sobriety among the citizens.

The statistics presented by the police showed a decrease of about one percent in convictions compared to previous years, an encouraging sign for the city’s law enforcement. Mr Power took the opportunity to express optimism about the effectiveness of the increased duty on whiskey, a move that appeared to contribute positively to public behaviour.

He also acknowledged the contributions of the clergy, particularly the Fathers, in curbing minor offences and improving the overall moral fabric of the community. The High Sheriff emphasized that their efforts had significantly reduced the number of convictions, indicating a positive shift in societal norms.

Reflecting on the general state of the city, Mr Power remarked that the recent improvements were not limited to the legal domain. He praised the visible progress in the city’s appearance, noting the addition of new homes and an overall enhanced ambiance. This, he believed, was a testament to the collective commitment to the prosperity and well-being of Limerick City.

In response, the High Sheriff expressed his gratitude for the recognition and support from the community. He regarded the presentation of white gloves as a symbol of the city’s appreciation, a gesture that held personal significance for him. He thanked the community for the warm welcome and noted the positive changes observed since his last visit.

Furthermore, he acknowledged the collective efforts that had contributed to the city’s improved condition. He expressed hope that the positive trends, such as the decrease in crime and enhancement of the city’s aesthetics, were indicative of a prosperous future for Limerick City. In closing, he emphasized the bright prospects that lay ahead, envisioning Limerick as a shining example and an integral part of Ireland’s success story.

Freeman’s Journal – Wednesday 06 July 1910