Mr. F. HALL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether Margaret McGuinness, 16, of 2, Main Street, 457W Longford, was arrested on or about 1st February and conveyed to Longford Military Hospital; whether she was detained for over a week without any female to attend upon her; whether she was then removed to Athlone Barracks; whether any charge has been preferred against her; and the reason for her arrest?
§ Mr. HENRY
Margaret McGuinness is aged nineteen and not sixteen, as stated in the question. She was arrested in connection with the discovery in another house of a large number of seditious documents belonging to her, and proceedings are about to be taken against her in respect of these documents. She was detained for five days in Longford Barracks owing to the absence of accommodation elsewhere, but every possible care was taken to ensure that she was properly treated, and she made no complaint. She was then removed to Athlone Hospital, where she remained until her committal to Mountjoy Prison on 20th March.
§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the Chief Secretary whether he will now give the names of the special constables concerned in looting or robbery at Clones?
§ Mr. MYERS
asked the Chief Secretary whether Mr. T. J. M'Kenna, a railway clerk, was wrongfully arrested in Greenore by members of the auxiliary police force on the night of 22nd March, and that, on being released two days later and reporting to the head constable in Dundalk to complain of the treatment he had received, he was detained and held prisoner in the Dundalk military barracks until the 1st instant, when he was removed, under military escort, to Belfast, although no charge had been preferred; and whether he will take steps immediately to have this man liberated from detention and reinstated in his railway employment?