HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 cc202-3
Lieut.-Colonel CROFT

(by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in view of the murder of many British officers in Dublin during the week-end, he will take steps to arrest a similar number of known leaders of Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Volunteers, and will forthwith bring them to trial for high treason as the initiators of rebellion and assassination in Ireland?


A large number of arrests of leading Sinn Feiners have been made since the massacre of Sunday last. Continuous searches are being made for the instigators of the recent murders and for the actual assassins themselves.

Lieut.-Colonel CROFT

I will raise this question to-morrow in the course of the Debate.

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

How many arrests have been made in connection with the murders during the week-end?


A very large number of arrests have been made. I cannot at this moment give an analysis of the charges that lay against the many scores who have been arrested.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in nearly every case these outrages have followed the arrest of innocent people in Ireland, because of their political opinions?

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