HC Deb 26 February 1917 vol 90 cc1688-9
83. Mr. DILLON

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland on what grounds thirty-eight men were arrested in Ireland on Thursday last; whether it is proposed to put these men on trial; and, if not, why this course is not to be taken?

84. Mr. LYNCH

asked with respect to the arrest of John O'Hurley, in Clare, what were the reasons for this action, under what Statute it was taken, whether he will be tried; and, if so, on what charge and before what tribunal?


(by Private Notice) asked how many persons have been arrested in Ireland on political grounds within the last few days; how many more are noted for arrest; what is the charge; if there is to be any trial, when, where, and will it be by a judge and jury; and if otherwise, will the President of the United States, as champion of small nations, be invited to have a representative present to watch and report on the cases?


Twenty-eight persons have been arrested under Regulation 55 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations, which empowers the police to arrest any person who is reasonably suspected of having acted or being about to act in a manner prejudicial to the public safety or the defence of the realm. It is not proposed to try these men, the competent military authority having decided to issue orders under Regulation 14 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations prohibiting them from residing in Ireland, which has been done.


In consequence of the unsatisfactory character of the reply, I beg to give notice that, after questions, I shall ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House to call attention to this subject.