§ 16. Mr. LYNCH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can give any information as to the seizure of the plant of the "Clare Champion"; whether he can cite any passages in the paper which transgressed the law; and, if not, whether he can state the instructions given to the military authorities in Ireland as to the manner in which they are required to interpret their duties?
§ Mr. DUKE
The attention of those responsible for the printing and publication of the "Clare Champion" was drawn to the fact that matter was being printed therein which infringed the De-fence of the Realm Regulations. They were warned that if they persisted in publishing matter in breach of the Regulations their paper and plant would be seized. In spite of this warning the paper continued to publish matter of the kind in question, and this after Clare had for en made a special military area. In the result the General Officer Commanding directed the steps, of which warning had been given.