WRITTEN ANSWERS. - PORTLAOIGHISE RAILWAY OFFICIAL ARRESTED.

To ask the Minister for Defence if he can state the reason for the arrest of Joseph O'Connor, Goods Checker, G. S. & W. Railway Company, Portlaoighise Station, on 11th January, 1923; whether he is aware that O'Connor denies having been associated in any way with Irregular Forces, and seeing that he is prepared to give the usual undertaking if he will give favourable and immediate consideration to the request for his release.

Mr. O'Connor is suspected of having fought with Irregulars in Macroom and Cork, but apart from this I have information regarding him of such a nature that it is not proposed to accept his undertaking or to release him.