HC Deb 19 July 1916 vol 84 cc1029-30W

asked the Home Secretary, in reference to the death by shooting of Ernest Cavanagh on the steps of Liberty Hall, Dublin, on 25th April, when the information came into his hands that Ernest Cavanagh was shot by a member of the Citizen Army; and whether he is prepared to lay the evidence before any Member of this House who may desire to see it?


The answer which I gave to the hon. Member on the 13th July was based on information obtained by the spolice. They were not present when Cavanagh was killed, as no police were on duty on the streets at the time, but the information was believed to be accurate. After further investigation the police report that, so far as can be ascertained, Cavanagh was shot when attempting to enter Liberty Hall on the morning of the 25th April, and not on the 24th, as previously stated. No troops were operating in this area on the 24th, but by the time at which it now appears Cavanagh was killed, the rebels in Liberty Hall and the military in the Custom House were firing at one another, so it is not possible to say definitely by whom he was shot.