Fighting in Dublin.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any news with reference to Southern Ireland that he can give to the House?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

According to the latest information which has reached me, the Hammam Hotel and other buildings in Sackville Street were in flames at midday. A white flag was displayed, and the fire brigade approached to deal with the flames. Suddenly, however, the flag was withdrawn, and fire was re-opened by the irregulars. One fireman was wounded, and the action was then resumed on both sides. At 2.45 the attack was still proceeding. The whereabouts of De Valera are still unknown, and it is uncertain whether he is within the cordon of the Irish national troops or whether he has deserted his comrades and escaped. Public opinion in Dublin is steadily supporting the Provisional Government.

Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

Ha? the right hon. Gentleman any news about Southern Ireland except from Dublin?

Photo of Mr John Mills Mr John Mills , Dartford

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, apart from the Press report, there is any confirmation of the fact that Mr. de Valera is engaged in any of the fighting?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

Oh. yes, I think so; that is my information.