Tyrone Twelfth attack discussed in Parliament

Published: 24 July 1913

At a recent Twelfth celebration in County Tyrone, which was addressed by the Rev. Mr. Simpson, a well known opponent of Home Rule, a reporter from a nationalist newspaper, Mr. Conway, was allegedly assaulted by the gathered Orangemen. The issue was raised in the House of Commons today by Mr. W. Redmond, who asked Mr. Birrell why there were only eight policeman on duty for such a high profile meeting and what role the Rev. Mr. Simpson played given that he was on the platform at the time the mob began attacking Mr. Conway. Mr. Birrell assured the House that everyone condemned the attack and that Mr. Conway had been saved from the mob by the policemen in attendance and other members of the clergy.

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