MP faces charges of incitement to cattle-driving
Dublin, 26 March 1918 - Mr Laurence Ginnell MP was before the Dublin Police Court today on various charges arising out of alleged incitement of persons to engage in cattle-driving.
The court heard evidence from a number of constables who noted the occasions of the inciting speeches were made and as a result of which, it is alleged, several farms were cleared of their stock.
Ginnell was ordered to enter into bail in £500 and to find two sureties of £1,000 each, or face up to six months imprisonment. His only response was: ‘Will the English power last so long in this country?’
As the defendant was being removed from the dock, his wife, Alice Ginnell, waved a republican flag and resisted efforts from a policeman to wrest it from her. Mrs Ginnell was assisted by Maud Gonne MacBride, who sat beside her. Mrs Gonne MacBride’s son also joined the affray and was vigorously treated by the police.
Also in attendance was the Lord Mayor of Dublin, who, on seeing the police lay hands on Mrs Ginnell, leaped from his seat and shouted: ‘Please don’t ill-use the lady.’
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]