HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 c661
53. Mr. DILLON

asked the Prime Minister when the promised public inquiry into circumstances under which Mr. Sheehy-Skeffington was murdered in Portobello Barracks will take place; whether he can give the names of the Commissioners who are to conduct the inquiry; and whether the reference will be wide enough to include the cases of Messrs. M'Intyre and Dixon and the fate of all prisoners taken in Portobello Bar-racks while Captain Bowen Colthurst was in a position of authority in those barracks, the extent of responsibility of other officers for the murders, how it came to pass that Captain Bowen Colthurst was retained in a position of responsibility in view of the evidence given as to his mental condition, and who was responsible for continuing Captain Bowen Colthurst in authority for nine days after he had murdered three men and after these murders had been reported to the military authorities in Dublin?


At Mrs. Skeffington's request I am to-day in direct communication with her on this subject, and I should like to defer my answer until I know precisely what she has to lay before me.


I will put the question again on Thursday.

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