24 APRIL 1920, Page 3

Sir Nevil Macready has had plenty of experience in organ-

ization, and we trust also that he will use this experience in forming an adequate intelligence service, which seems to have been sadly wanting in Ireland. Mr. Birrell of course acted on the assumption that in Ireland—which everybody knew, or ought to know, was the best of all possible worlds !—such a disagreeable though competent thing as a secret service could safely be dispensed with. As regards the conditions on which the hunger- strikers were released last week, there was the usual contradiction of evidence which we have learned to expect in Irish affairs. The Nationalist newspapers declared that the prisoners were released unconditionally. The Executive declared that they had been released " on parole for periods specified by the prison doctor."