From Our Own Correspondent BELFAST.
There is absolutely no foundation for a report that the " B. Special " (Sectarian) police force of Northern Ireland was to be demobilised this week. So far from that, Lord Craigavon categorically stated to a representative deputation from the various County National Service Committees last week the possibilities of haring to expand the Class B. Special Constabulary in the event of an emergency arising.
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What is happening with regard to this force is that they are being temporarily withdrawn from night service during the regular tourist season. It would be so embarrassing—and bad propaganda—if a party of harmless British tourists were to fall foul of a. roving band of " Specials." It would hardly suffice to explain that the party was mistaken for " Papishes."
More British Money For Partition
Not only are the " Specials " a sectarian force but the new Territorial units are most likely to assume the same complexion in Northern Ireland.
In the face of the I ■overnment's attitude to the Catholic! minority, apart altogether from the unnatural Partition of Ireland, what inducement is there for Catholics to enlist in the new forces/ It is very doubtful if the Northern Government desire their services.
According to a new clause inserted in the British Civil Defence Bill, " Northern Ireland has power
to make laws for purposes similar to the purposes of the provisions of this Act which do not extend to Northern Ireland.
" There may he paid out of moneys provided by Parliament to the Government of Northern Ireland grants towards the expenses incurred by that Government for the purpose of civil defence of such amounts as the Treasury may determine . . . not more than 1750,000 in all shall be paid under this sub-section during the four financial years ending with the 31st day of March, 1943, and not more than /50,000 shall be paid 'under this sub-section in any subsequent financial year.'" In spite of a Labour protest the Act as amended was passed. And so "Ulster "—under the plea of "Civil Defence " is to have a nother "loyal " army trained and equipped at the Imperial expense to man the Border and prolong the struggle against Irish unity. It is such actions as this that are driving the youth of Ireland into " firebrand" camps; it is for such actions that England stands condemned in the eyes of the Irish race at home and abroad.