|Extract from a letter from the American consul in Dublin protesting
at the unjust arrest of US citizens in Ireland, following the suspension
of the Habeas Corpus Act. The Act, which provided a safeguard against
false imprisonment, was frequently suspended in Ireland during times
of unrest. Its suspension enabled the authorities to hold people they
considered to be troublemakers, but also infringed civil rights.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/7799/76, Part 1, pp. 494-5 (20 February