WRITTEN REPLY. - THE CASE OF MR. JOHN E. KELLY.

To ask the Minister for Defence whether Mr. John E. Kelly, of Knockbrack National School, Letterkenny, was arrested by National troops on October 4th, and is since detained, whether any charges have been made against him, and whether, in view of Mr. Kelly's statements to the effect that he has taken no part in the present campaign against the Government, he will give instructions for his release.

The matter has been considered and it is not proposed to release Mr. Kelly, who was arrested in circumstances which warrant his detention. A charge has not formally been made against him.