HC Deb 08 June 1921 vol 142 cc1889-90W
Captain W. BENN

asked the Chief Secretary on what charge Professor O'Rahilly has been arrested; and when he will be brought to trial?


I am informed by the Commander - in - Chief that Professor O'Rahilly was arrested as an active Sinn Feiner known to have sheltered wanted men on the run and to have concealed their arms. There are strong grounds for believing that he was prominent in organising the ambushes of police at Parnell Bridge, Cork, in January last, at Washington Street in April, and the murders of unarmed soldiers on the 28th February last. Professor O'Rahilly is the author of an article in a recent issue of the "Theological Quarterly Review," a Roman Catholic publication. This article has been interpreted as the theological defence of the Sinn Fein murder campaign in Ireland. Professor O'Rahilly has been interned by order of the Military Governor.