HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 c1685

informed the House that he had received the following letter relating to the imprisonment of a Member:

"General Headquarters, Ireland,

Parkgate, Dublin,

30th May, 1919.


With reference to my letters of 6th March, 1919, and 6th May, 1919, I have the honour to report that Mr. Pierce Beasley, M.P. for East Kerry, was tried by general court-martial at Dublin on 12th May, 1919, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment without hard labour, for the following offences under the Defence of the Realm Regulations:

  1. Under Regulation 42, for making a speech calculated to cause sedition; and
  2. Under Regulations 48 and 27, for having in his possession documents indicating pre paration for injuring railways and telegraph wires, and documents containing instructions for injuring railway locomotives, and for training men in the use of the rifle.

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,



Commanding-in-Chief, Ireland.

The Right Hon. The Speaker,

House of Commons,

London, S. W. 1."