§ Mr. BYRNE
asked the Home Secretary whether there will be any further releases of Irish prisoners; if so, when; and if he, is aware that the release of the Irish prisoners now interned would be appreciated by their relatives in Ireland?
I can add nothing to the answers which I gave to the hon. Member on Tuesday last and to the hon. Member for the St. Patrick's Division of Dublin on Monday.
§ Mr. WHITTY
asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the reasons for the order of internment against Joseph M'Guill, of 9, Bridge Street, Dundalk, at present in Frongoch Camp; and whether 1244W he is aware that several clergymen and others can testify to the fact that this gentleman took no part in the recent insurrection and was at home during the whole time that the fighting was proceeding?
The order for the internment of Joseph M'Guill was made on the ground that he is of hostile associations and a member of an organisation called the Irish Volunteers or of an organisation called the Citizen Army, which have promoted armed insurrection against His Majesty, and is reasonably suspected of having favoured, promoted or assisted in armed insurrection against His Majesty. He had a full opportunity of making representations on his own behalf before the Advisory Committee, who recommended his continued detention, and I cannot now reconsider his case.