HC Deb 18 August 1919 vol 119 cc1977-8W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the British Consul has refused a passport to James Larkin, of the Irish Transport Workers, to enable him to return to Ireland from America; whether the refusal was at the instance, or on the instructions, of the Foreign Office; and whether he will now issue instructions that a passport be issued?


According to the information in the possession of the Foreign Office James Larkin applied for a passport to Ireland about the end of last month. After reference to the Government of Ireland it was ascertained that James Larkin was prohibited by an order dated December 24th, 1914, from entering or residing in any part of Ireland, and the Acting British Consul-General at New York, who had made inquiries about the matter, was so informed.