§ 48. Mr. DILLON
asked the Prime. Minister if he will say on what grounds martial law is still maintained in Ireland?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Duke)
It is not accurate to say that martial law is still maintained in Ireland. Martial law was proclaimed for the suppression of an armed rebellion, and since that object was effected its powers have not been in use.
§ Mr. DILLON
Oh! Martial law is in force in Ireland to-day, and that is a most extraordinary answer for the right hon. Gentleman to give. I will repeat my question: Is it intended to revoke the Proclamation of martial law under which Ireland lies to-day, and, if it is not intended to revoke it in the near future, can he say on what ground martial law is maintained in that country?