Jim Larkin remanded in custody
Evidence of Detective Sergeant Smyth
Jim Larkin remains in prison tonight, having been remanding in custody as his trial continues at the Southern Police Court in Dublin. Mr. Larkin is charged with breach of the peace and with the use of seditious language on 29 August on Sackville Street.
Amongst the large crowd who attended today’s hearing was the visiting Scottish socialist and labour leader, Keir Hardie MP. The court heard testimony from witnesses who described Larkin’s appearance on a balcony of the Imperial Hotel on Sackville Street just before 1pm. Detective Sergeant Smyth told the court that when Larkin appeared on the balcony, about 300 people had surged towards the hotel and were cheering and waving their hats in the air. He stated that when police attempted to enter the hotel, the crowd started to shout wildly at them and stones, bricks and a bottle were thrown in their direction.
Detective Sergeant Smyth said that he then went to watch the back of the building before seeing Superintendents Kiernan and Murphy emerge from the hotel with Larkin in their custody. The crowd was booing the police as they proceeded down Sackville Street, he continued, before the police charged with their batons and dispersed the crowd. Mr. Larkin was then brought across O’Connell Bridge and away from the crowd.Cross-examined by Mr. Hanna, KC, who was defending Mr. Larkin, Detective Sergeant Smyth stated that Mr. Larkin had remained on the balcony for about one minute. Asked whether he saw a certain humour in Mr. Larkin’s choice of the balcony of the Imperial Hotel, which is owned by William Martin Murphy, as a place to be arrested, Detective Sergeant Smyth said: ‘It appeared like a huge joke.’
Other members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police gave evidence in the course of the day. As proceedings were adjourned, Mr. Hanna, KC, asked the judge to allow Mr. Larkin out on bail, saying that the evidence given against him as to sedition was of a very slight character. The Crown opposed the awarding of bail and Mr. Larkin was remanded in custody until next Monday when the trial will resume.