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Sir Roger Casement detained in Berlin
Sir Roger Casement is reported to have been in Berlin for talks with the Kaiser in order to gain his support for the cause of Irish Freedom Photo: National Library of Ireland, KE 009

Sir Roger Casement detained in Berlin

Berlin, 3 February 1915 - Reports from Berlin claim that Sir Roger Casement is practically a prisoner in Germany. His intention to travel to the United States has been thwarted by the fact that he is confident that should he leave Germany, it is highly likely he will be arrested by British troops.

It is rumoured that Sir Roger is in Germany in order to secure the Kaiser's support for an Irish rebellion against the United Kingdom that would also be supported by Irish Americans.

Pension suspended

The House of Commons in London has been told that Sir Roger - who previously worked for the British civil service - has had his pension suspended pending an investigation. There were cheers from the benches when this announcement was made.

Asked whether he knew if Sir Roger was still in Germany, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey replied: ‘I cannot say where he is.’

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.