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POLICE HELD BLAMEWORTHY. For the bloodshed that followed the intervention of the military in tho Dublin gun-running sensation in July last, tho police authorities are held to blame by the findings of the Eoval Commission of Inquiry. The casualties, which consisted of five killed and 30 wounded, resulted from “hots fired by the King’s Own Scottish Borderers on July 26, after the landing of arms intended for the Nationalist volunteers at Howth. The Commission were pi raided over by Lord Shaw (one of the British Law Lords), and among their general conclusions were the following : The employment of the police and military was not im accordance with law. Mr Harrel, the Assistant Commissioner of Police at Dublin, is responsible for calling out the military. .Ie well as for giving orders issued to tho police. Sir James Dougherty, the Undersecretary for Ireland, stands free from blame. General Cuthbcrt should have considered whether seizure of arms was marked by proper .authority. He did ■ not adequate!v consider these things, and his compliance with tho Assistant Commissioner’s call was wrong, apart

from fundamental illegality. As to the seizure of the rifles, there was no case warranting military intervention. The Commission found that at the scene of the conflict near Clontarf the. conduct of Mr Harrel in parleying with tho leaders of tho crowd, and of Captain Cobden (reported miseing at the war) in resolving against firing, was prudent and correct. Betwe’eri Clontarf and Bachelors’ Walk the military were insulted and assailed with missiles, but there was no such danger is to justify the use of firearms' in Batchelors’ Walk. As to the command by Major Haig (reported wounded at the front) to five or six men to prepare to fire under his orders, the Commissioners do not pronounce upon it, holding it not proved that the actual order to fire was given or that any order to fire proceeded from any officer. Promiscuous firing by 21 soldiers of the Scottish Borderers took place without orders, but the Commissioners think that the troops were under the impression that the order was given The Commissioners commend the cases of all the victims to the favorable consideration of the Government.

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THE DUBLIN RIOTING, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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THE DUBLIN RIOTING Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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