HC Deb 24 February 1921 vol 138 c1110
16. Mr. N. MACLEAN

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether Cornelius Murphy, a Kerry farmer, was accused of being in possession of arms, and sentenced to death by a court-martial and shot; whether he can state how many are in custody, under the same charge; and whether the same method of trial will be followed in their case?

The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Colonel Sir Hamar Greenwood)

The answer to the first and last parts of the question is in the affirmative. I regret that I am not able to give the figures asked for in the second part.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not consider that the execution of anyone for merely being in possession of arms is outside the law of this country, and that such a sentence ought not to be put into operation in Ireland or anywhere?


I will deal with that in a later question.

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