Came across two names, - MAGUIRE & HANNIGAN in a Witness Statement , no 156,by Seumas Robinson
They refer to an arms raid in Scotland prior to the 1916 Uprising
".....In desperation the Scots Police Authorities called in MAGUIRE & HANNIGAN ( the two Dublin Castle political G men appointed to watch the Irish in Scotland ) for consultation. These two fellows guessed imediately who was behind the raids. They set out to make two arrests. Joe ( csm note - the authors brother ), was arrested that night and Seumas Reader the next night.
Reader and some other Volunteers had gone to Ireland a couple of days previously with explosives and he was to have remained in Ireland for the Rising. However, Sean McDermott sent him back urgently, armed, and `sworn` to deliver two despatches, one to the Volunteers, and one to the I.R.B.,relating to plans for sending all able - bodied men, especially those who had military experience to Ireland.
Reader arrived in Glasgow and went straight to Carmichael`s place ( the son of the house was a Volunteer ) and was having something to eat when the police arrived. Reader, I believe, had not heard of Robinson`s arrest. Reader had to think quickly..........
.......So, there was not one bit of concrete evidence against Reader. Joe Robinson, as I`ve said, had been arrested at his home the previous night. They had not a scintilla of evidence against him either - all because MAGUIRE & HANNIGAN wanted to show off in front of the Scots Police how smart they were.
Had they come prepared to search the two houses they would have had quite enough evidence and to spare.
These two Volunteers were held for trial on charges of high treason. The trial never came off because we discovered that either HANNIGAN or MAGUIRE had stolen a Trades Union card belonging to Joe Robinson in a subsequent raid on his home, and which the Dtectives were prepared to swear had been picked up in a field where the last raid had taken place. The Detective hadn`t noticed that the date on the card was the same date as the raid Robinson was accused of. The card had been signed that day in Belfast by a Trades Union official who was an Orangeman.
Thus they dare not bring the case to court "
I have not come across these two names before, I checked Jim Herlihy`s book, The Dublin Metropolitan Police to find a refererence but could not come across them, are they the correct names , I would be interested if anyone can shed any light on HANNIGAN or MAGUIRE.