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Conviction Affirmed: Four Men’s Appeal in Limerick Riot Case Denied

Limerick, Ireland – In a case stemming from a tumultuous town tenants’ meeting in Limerick on January 21, where Member of Parliament Mr Thor. Lyndon was reportedly assaulted, the appeal of four men convicted under the Crimes Act has been denied. Francis O’Shaughnessy, Patrick McInerney, Lawrence McKeown, and Michael Doyle had appealed their convictions, which were handed down by Mr Kelly and Mr Dunce, R.N.’s.

The convictions, which included charges of riot and assaulting Mr Thor. Lyndon, were upheld at the Quarter Sessions following the appeal. The appellants had sought reprieve from their original sentences of three months’ hard labour for O’Shaughnessy and two months for the others, with additional fines for bail default.

Representing the appellants, Mr P. Filly, instructed by Mr J. R. Moran, solicitor, presented their case. On the opposing side, Sergeant Sullivan, N.C., instructed by Mr J. S. Gaffney, C.S.I., argued for the prosecution.

County Court Judge Law Smith, presiding over the appeal, stated that he found the magistrates’ original decision to be entirely appropriate and upheld it without alteration. As a result, the convictions of the four men stand, and they have been ordered to serve their respective sentences.

Following the court’s ruling, the convicted individuals were remanded to prison custody. They were escorted to their confinement by a mounted escort, signalling the conclusion of legal proceedings in this matter.

The events leading to the convictions had sparked significant public interest, with concerns raised over the conduct at the tenants’ meeting and the safety of elected officials. However, with the legal process now concluded, attention may shift towards broader discussions on public order and civic responsibility.

The decision by the County Court to affirm the convictions underscores the importance of upholding the rule of law and maintaining order within communities. As such, it serves as a reminder of the consequences for those who engage in acts of violence or disruption against elected representatives or fellow citizens.

As Ireland navigates its path through the challenges of the early 20th century, cases such as this one continue to shape legal precedents and societal norms, influencing the course of justice and public discourse for years to come.

Freeman’s Journal – Wednesday 28 March 1917

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