HC Deb 19 February 1900 vol 79 c368
MR. M'GHEE () Louth, S.

I beg to ask the Undersecretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to a letter dated 12th February from His Eminence Dr. Logue, the Cardinal Primate of all Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, with reference to the case of a man named Duffy, who is illiterate and under orders, as he believes, as a Militia Reservist for South Africa, without having been given any option as to accepting or declining active service abroad; and whether, having regard to, the statements of the Cardinal of the complete ignorance of this man, as to what he is bound to do, the War Office will institute an investigation into the circumstances and give a pledge that no Irish Militiaman be deputed for foreign service without his express consent given independently, or without the exercise of any influence direct or indirect to procure it.


A Militiaman, on joining the Militia Reserve deliberately accepts liability for service abroad, and is paid an annual retaining fee of £1 for undertaking that obligation.