Northern Ireland and Eire (Border Defence)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

asked the Home Secretary whether, until the present murder campaign of the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland has been brought to an end, he will make it impossible for all persons suspected of disloyalty, and members of the Irish Republican Army, to cross the border from Eire into Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

My hon. Friend's suggestion would, I fear, be as ineffective for the purposes he has in view as it is impracticable.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

I should like to ask my right hon. Friend whether this Government is responsible for guarding the border, and whether he will take steps to prevent armed men with murder in their hearts from crossing the border into Northern Ireland and, having carried through their wicked designs, recrossing the border without let or hindrance and so escaping punishment?