§ 10. Major GLYN
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether it is the case that, at Grantstown, county Tipperary, on 9th June, an inhabitant, Mr. Bryan Shanahan, was sentenced to four months' 522 is being used for purposes which Parliament never intended?
§ The following is the answer referred to in Mr. Henry's reply:
§ The following statement gives the information asked for as regards the several counties in Ireland:
§ imprisonment for being suspected of having an intention to commit an illegal act; whether, if this is the case, he will state further particulars that led to this sentence being passed; and whether, if it is not the case, every means will be taken to deny the report, which has received considerable circulation?
Mr. Bryan Shanahan was arrested at Grantstown, under the Defence of the Realm Regulations, on the 5th May last for having in his possession military property and refusing to give his name. He was discharged on the 15th May as it was decided there was not sufficient evidence against him. He was brought before a resident magistrate on 7th June, who ordered him to give sureties for good behaviour, or in default to be imprisoned for four months. Mr. Shanahan, who is a lieutenant in the Irish Volnteers, refused to recognise the Court, and was ordered to be imprisoned for four months.
§ Captain ORMSBY-GORE
How does it come about that, having been discharged, he was again brought up before a resident magistrate, and what was the charge on the second occasion?
Under the law, both in England and Ireland, if a person is bound 523 over to be of good behaviour and keep the peace, no charge is necessary against him, as it is not regarded as punishment. The law is the same in both countries.
§ Captain ORMSBY-GORE
Then he can be liable to be sentenced to four months' imprisonment, although there is no charge?
All that is necessary is for him to give security to be of good behaviour, and he will be released.
§ Major Earl WINTERTON
Is it not a fact that this man is a self-confessed rebel, and he refuses to recognise the authority of the Irish Court? That is the answer.
§ Mr. MacVEAGH
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is a fact that this man, after being acquitted of one charge, was sentenced to four months' imprisonment on a second charge?