HC Deb 04 December 1919 vol 122 c611W

asked the Attorney-General for Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that hand grenades have been served out to Irish policemen, who are being instructed how to use them against unarmed crowds; and whether he will see that this practice will be at once discontinued?


Hand grenades have been issued to the Royal Irish Constabulary purely for defensive purposes to safeguard the lives of the police when they are attacked, and to provide them with means of dealing with their armed assailants. There is no truth in the statement that the police have been instructed to use them against unarmed crowds.

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