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Affairs in Ireland.

(By Cable lo Australian Papers. J London, Oct. 13.

There are signs of a reaction in Ireland against the Laud League. The indictment framed against some of the prominent members of the League for violent and seditious language has been approved. Four parsons suspected of the murder of Lord Mountmorres have been discharged. Agrarian outrages in the West of Ireland still continue. Strong reinforcements of military and police have been sent to that part of the country, which is now under a state of martial law. The English journals impress strongly upon the Government the imperative duty of enforcing the law, and suppressing all attempts at disturbance. The Government are exhibiting a determination to act with rigor in the repression of disturbances in Ireland, and it is stated as probable that proceedings will be taken against some of the more prominent leaders of the laud leagues which have been formed throughout the country to resist the payment of rent, .and who have rendered themselves notorious by the violence of their. language. Mr. Forster, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, in response to an invitation to attend a banquet in Dublin, has written a letter, in which, while declining the honor, he sets forth the views of the Government upon the condition of the country. He states that they fully recognise that the situation is alarming. The agitation and consequent outrages throughout the South and West of Ireland having assumed proportions which call for prompt and severe repression, the Government were fully determined to maintain order in the country, but he repudiated the suggestion that special coercive measures were necessary, as he believed the power which the Government possessed woidd be sufficient to enable them to cope with the difficulty. At any rate, until the operation of the existing law was exhausted, he did not purpose having recourse to special legislation. t‘ The agitation in the South and West of Ireland continues, and numerous outrages are reported to have occurred in Galway and Killarney. An attack was made upon Lohort Castle, but was beaten off. Oct. 18. A large meeting of the Irish inhabitants of Bradford was held there last evening, at which a number of speeches were delivered upon Irish grievances, and the conduct of the press in recommending repressive measures was violently denounced. It is known that there are five Peers marked for shooting in Ireland. Mr. Parnell intends to revisit America, with a view to raising funds to continue the agitation in Ireland. The Land League are advancing funds for the defence of the alleged murderers of Lord Mountmorres.

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Affairs in Ireland., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 177, 27 October 1880

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Affairs in Ireland. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 177, 27 October 1880