HC Deb 22 June 1831 vol 4 cc254-5

Mr. John Browne, on presenting two Petitions from, the. county of Mayo for additional Representatives to be given to that county, said, the Reform Bill was generally supported by the people of Ire- land, but they considered that their claim for an increased number of Representatives had been overlooked. It had been stated, that at the Union the number of Members given was in proportion to the population, but since that time the wealth, population, and commerce, of Ireland had very much increased. If that principle was still binding, it should now be enforced, for many parts of Ireland were very inadequately represented.

Mr. O'Connell

observed, that the hon. Member was mistaken if he supposed, that 100 Members were given to Ireland at the Union, because that was the proportionate number for her wealth and population as compared with other parts of the empire.

Petition to be printed.