Murders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 7th March 1922.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

25.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to make any further statement as to the murders of Lieutenant Genochio, Royal Engineers, Lieutenant Meade, Royal Army Service Corps, and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe; whether, in the latter case, these soldiers were armed; whether there is any news of the murderers; and whether the Irish Provisional Government have made any further communication with respect to these atrocities?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I regret that I am not yet in a position to make any further statement with regard to the case of Lieutenant Genochio except that the Provisional Government now suggest that case should be investigated by a Commission consisting of a British officer and a person nominated by them. Two persons have been arrested by the authority of the Provisional Government on suspicion in connection with the murders of Lieutenant Meade and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe, and further investigation as to their guilt will be proceeded with according to law. In regard to the remainder of the question, I would refer the Noble Lord to the reply I gave him on Tuesday of last week.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

Will the right hon. Gentleman accede to the request of the Provisional Government to set up a Commission upon the death of Lieutenant Genochio? Is he aware that the Cork coroner's jury refused to attend at the barracks to hold an inquest on Lieutenant Genochio, and the inquest had to be held by the military instead?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I am quite aware of that. I must ask for notice of the first part of the question.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

Will this proposed Commission have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and to administer the oath? Will it be a legal body? What legal foundation will it have?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I have given all the information I can on the subject, and I am not prepared to add to it.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

The right hon. Gentleman says he is going to appoint a Commission. Surely I am entitled to ask if it will have any legal status.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I did not say I was going to appoint a Commission. I said that the Provisional Government had suggested that course. I have not yet answered it.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether or not he will appoint the Commission?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I could quite definitely, but at the present moment I am not prepared to make that statement.

Photo of Mr John Rawlinson Mr John Rawlinson , Cambridge University

Will the people arrested for the murders of Lieutenant Meade and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe be proceeded against according to law? What tribunal has power to try them?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

For common criminals in Ireland the existing tribunals are working, and magistrates are to a large extent sitting. There are a number of persons in various prisons in Ireland arrested for various forms of crime, and they will be proceeded with according to law.

Photo of Mr John Rawlinson Mr John Rawlinson , Cambridge University

Will they be indicted before the Assizes as if they were ordinary murderers?