HC Deb 18 July 1916 vol 84 c835
35. Mr. LYNCH

asked the Home Secretary whether, in regard to the case of Miss Ellen Ryan, now detained in Lewes Prison, in connection with the rising in Dublin, one of the charges is founded on the terms of an invitation to a Carrickcross picnic written by her containing a travesty of military terms, such as mobilising, fully charged; whether there are serious grounds for any other charge; and whether, when the police discover the character of the Carrickcross invitation, Miss Ryan will be liberated?


The Advisory Committee, after personally hearing Ellen Ryan, and carefully considering the evidence against her, including the letter referred to in the question, have recommended that her internment should be maintained. The case is a serious one, and I cannot agree to her release.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that the detention of this young woman is really contrary to the Defence of the Realm Act as tending to bring ridicule on the King's Regulations?


reply was not heard in the Reporters' Gallery.


Has she had the promised statement of the charge against her, which promise was given by the Home Secretary some time ago?


Yes, Sir.