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Belfast Disturbances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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Photo of Hon. Charles Craig Hon. Charles Craig , Antrim South

Can the Secretary of State for the Colonies give the House any information with regard to the state of affairs in Ulster?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I have received a telegram from the Prime Minister of the Government of Northern Ireland as follows: Situation in Belfast still extremely grave. Fierce fighting took place between the police and rebel forces in the vicinity of North Street and Carrick Hill last night. Between 5.45 and 6.15 p.m. five bombs were thrown from a Roman Catholic area at tramcars which were full of shipyard workers returning to their homes. A bomb was also thrown at a police Lancia car. Two attempts were made to fire tramcars, one near the City Cemetery in the morning and the other on the Falls Road at 8 p.m. The second car was totally destroyed. At 9 a.m. yesterday morning St. Silas National School (Protestant), Old Park Road, was attacked by incendiaries. Considerable amount of damage done, but the fire brigade managed to extinguish the flames. Messrs. Greeves Flax Mills (Protestant) were set on fire, and when the fire brigade attempted to deal with the flames they were forced back by armed men. The Carnegie Library, municipal property, Falls Road, was also set on fire and a considerable amount of damage clone. As far as can be ascertained at present three were killed and 20 wounded. Everything possible is being done to cope with the situation.