§ MR. KENNEDY (Kildare, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, on 14th August, it appeared in District Orders that Divine Service for all Catholic soldiers in the Curragh Camp would be held on the l5th August (one of the chief Catholic holidays of obligation); that, nevertheless, the Regimental Authorities of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (largely a Catholic corps) cancelled the Order, and paraded the men twice on that day, once at 6.45 a.m. and again at 11 a.m., to prevent their attending Divine Service?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. WOODALL, Hanley)
(who replied) said: It appears from the District Order of the 14th instant that voluntary services for Roman Catholics would take place at the Curragh on the 15th of August. The officer commanding the Royal Irish Fusiliers states that facilities for attending such services were given to the men under his command.