§ 11. Mr. RONALD ROSS
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the present strength of the so-called Irish Republican Army in the Irish Free State; and whether its numbers are being taken into account with regard to Article 8 of the Treaty?
Mr. M. MacDONALD
My right hon. Friend has no official information regarding the strength of the so-called Irish Republican Army. As regards the second part of my hon. Friend's question, he is naturally anxious to take all proper steps to secure the due observance of Article 8 (as of all the other Articles of the Treaty of 1921) but I would observe that Article 8 refers to a military defence force established and maintained by the Government of the Irish Free State.
Article 8 refers to military defence forces established and maintained by the Government of the Irish Free State.